Glasgow World Championships: Great Britain Men Win Silver Medal
Great Britain’s men gymnastics team won the Silver Medal Wednesday in the team final at the Glasgow World Championships. While Japan won the Gold Medal, China finished third for Bronze. It was a monumental moment in GB’s sporting history since no British team had ever won a medal at the event.Advertisement
Britain narrowly missed out on first place despite great performances by Daniel Purvis and Max Whitlock. Despite the fact that two of Japan’s gymnasts slipped off the high bars, the Japanese managed to win their first Gold Medal at the event in 37 years.
“To be honest, there was pressure but the amount of support that goes with that was unbelievable. The crowd were absolutely crazy today and I think that has helped us get these silver medals that are round our necks now. The atmosphere was unbelievable and I think the team pulled together brilliantly and we got exactly what we wanted,” Whitlock said after the competition.
Meanwhile, Wilson said that the team was now focused on next year’s Olympic Games at Rio. “That Olympic medal has spurred us all on, made us all believe that we are one of the best countries in the world at gymnastics. To be a part of this team was incredible. We were all relentless out there and hit every routine and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Teammate Louis Smith added, “I’m feeling overwhelmed. The guys were unbelievable. Everyone pulled together and worked so hard. Everyone did their job.”
Japanese talisman Kohei Uchimura told BBC Sport: “I’m very happy to win the team gold. It shows Japan are strong ahead of the Rio Olympics next year where we will be targeting the gold medal.”