‘Please don’t do it to me.’ After winning Olympic gold in pommel horse, Max Whitlock makes a BBC appeal.
“Don’t do it to me,” Max Whitlock pleaded to the BBC after winning Olympic gold in pommel horse.
Max Whitlock was overtaken with emotion after winning his third Olympic gold in the pommel horse final on Sunday.
Max Whitlock was caught off guard by a series of questions from the BBC after winning Olympic gold in the men’s pommel horse on Sunday. In the pommel final, the British gymnast was up first, which meant he had to choose his most challenging routine to set the bar for his opponents.
With a top score of 15.583, he certainly succeeded, as his competitors tried but failed to match it.
The only other participant to score more than 15 was Chih Kai Lee of Chinese Taipei, but he fell short of Whitlock’s gold.
Whitlock was taken aback when he learned of Kohei Kameyama’s 14.600 score before celebrating with his coach Scott Hann.
Whitlock now has six Olympic medals and is the most decorated pommel gymnast in history, having won two Olympic golds and three World Championships.
The 28-year-old was flabbergasted after earning his gold medal, thanking everyone for their continued support.
Whitlock told the BBC that he didn’t know what to say since he didn’t know how to express himself.
“I’m at a lost for words and can’t even express how I’m feeling. Whitlock was then asked to send a special message to his wife, Leah, and their two-year-old daughter Willow, in which he stated, “I am absolutely overwhelmed and it feels very, very unreal.”
He appeared extremely apprehensive about answering the question, as if he may cry in front of the entire nation.
The British gymnastic legend, on the other hand, was able to control his emotions and deliver a sincere letter to his family and friends.
“Please don’t do that to me!” says the narrator.
“With a cynical grin on his face, ” Whitlock answered.
“I’m sure you’re keeping a close eye on me. My family, I’m sure, is keeping an eye on me.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for your help and support. It’s been incredible.
“When I come back home, I can’t wait to see everyone.”
“Willow, I adore you. I’m missing you terribly. I adore and miss each and every one of you. Thank you very much for everything you’ve done.”