Whitlock wins London Open and gets Clayton Bolt honour

Max Whitlock with the 2016 Westminster Cup
Max Whitlock with the 2016 Westminster Cup

MAX WHITLOCK continued his dominance of the London Open by taking its all-around title for a fourth year in a row.

The competition was the last trial to make the British team for this summer’s Rio Olympics and Whitlock did not disappoint in the annual battle for the Westminster Cup.

Whitlock also learned he will have the honour of having the competition’s Clayton Bolt renamed after him from next year, from when it will be known as the Whitlock Cup.

The pommel world champion delivered incredible performances with high-scoring 15s on floor and pommel as part of six clean rotations to take the overall title with a huge score of 91.200.

Whitlock’s South Essex club-mate Brinn Bevan also continued his remarkable bid an Olympic spot with a score of 88.200 after a clean run over his six routines, which included bronze-medal winning displays on pommel and parallel bars.

Bevan, who broke his leg seven months ago, finished fourth and just 0.1 off a bronze to give himself a great chance of making the team for Rio when it is announced on Tuesday, July 12.

South Essex’s Reiss Beckford had a great day with only one mistake – a spectacular fall off of the high bar – and finished in eighth.

Club-mate Jay Thompson, who is coming back from a torn Achilles and a dislocated elbow, competed on four pieces and showed grit with awesome routines for top ten spots on parallel bar, high bar and rings.

Douglas Turnbull, 14, represented South Essex in the Under-18s competition for the Loveday Trophy.

He competed very well against boys up to four years older than him with only one mistake during his parallel bars routine, and finished 18th with a score of 73.400.

And in the Clayton Bolt Under-14 competition, Joshua Underwood had a fantastic competition and finished fifth. He also completed a great high bar routine which included a huge release and catch (Gienger) to claim a bronze medal.

South Essex’s Luke Morrison was 12th and Drew Ladell produced eye-catching routines on floor and vault.

*Report courtesy of coach Anthony Wise.