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Briton Max Whitlock competes in the pommel horse final on August 1st.
Briton Max Whitlock competes in the pommel horse final on August 1st. (Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

Team GB’s Max Whitlock successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the pommel horse discipline on Sunday.

First in the final, the 28-year-old put in a magnificent performance to obtain a score of 15.583, ahead of Lee Chih-kai of Chinese Taipei, second.

Japan’s Kazuma Kaya won the bronze medal.

This is Whitlock’s third Olympic gold medal. He won gold on pommel horse at the Rio 2016 Games, as well as gold in floor exercise.

He is the first man to successfully defend the pommel horse title since 1980.

At the Rio Games, Whitlock made history by winning Britain’s first all-around medal in 108 years.

On becoming two-time Olympic champion on pommel horse, Whitlock called the feeling “surreal”.

“I can’t quite understand what just happened. It has been a whirlwind trip, and I am extremely grateful,” he told media.

“I was first so it was the first time I could watch an entire pommel horse final, it’s just surreal.

“I never expect medals. I like to come in with the potential to get a title if I’m clean and the potential is there. And the preparation, the routine, there was nothing more that I could do.

“I am delighted to walk away with gold.

“I try not to let my third Olympics feel different from the rest. I try to compete in any Olympics with the same motivation and the same hunger, but this morning I really felt the nerves . It was the most nervous I have ever felt in a competition, so it’s even more remarkable that I managed to perform under that pressure. “

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