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Error-strewn Max Whitlock finishes seventh in British pommel final

Error-strewn Max Whitlock finishes seventh in British pommel final
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Max Whitlock counts two falls as he finishes seventh in the men's pommel horse final at the British Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Three-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock suffered an off-day at the British Artistic Gymnastics Championships as he placed seventh in the men's pommel final.

Making his competitive comeback in Liverpool nearly two years on from retaining his pommel title at Tokyo 2020, Whitlock had led the way with a massive 15.100 during Saturday's all-around competition.

However, the 30-year-old counted two falls in Sunday's individual apparatus finals, seeing him finish with the lowest execution score of just 5.25 in the men's pommel horse, totalling a mere 10.450.

Joshua Nathan would clinch the gold medal in the pommel horse with a total of 14.250 - one of 10 senior medals that were handed out to some recognisable names on Sunday.

Jake Jarman - who won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games last year - was crowned British champion on the vault and parallel bars, scoring 15.175 on the former and 14.700 on the latter piece of apparatus.

Furthermore, the 21-year-old unsurprisingly wowed the crowd with hugely difficult elements during his floor routine, performing two triple-twisting double backwards somersaults, but he would have to accept the silver medal in that event.

Jake Jarman pictured on November 3, 2022© Reuters

Luke Whitehouse pipped Jarman to the men's floor crown with a total of 14.550 - 0.1500 better off than his compatriot - who would win his fourth medal of the day in the parallel bars.

Adam Tobin - who won the all-around men's title on Saturday - pulled off an array of complex elements to win the parallel bars crown with 13.650 on the board.

Courtney Tulloch also continued his spate of dominance on rings with a mammoth score of 14.650, comfortably taking the gold medal with a 0.650 margin of victory over silver medallist Pavel Karnejenko - Tobin's 13.950 was good enough for third.

In the women's apparatus finals, Rebecca Downie marked her return to the national stage with the gold medal in the uneven bars, posting 14.350 to edge out Georgia-Mae Fenton and Alice Kinsella.

There were just 0.150 marks separating the top four gymnasts, as Fenton won silver with 14.300, and Kinsella just edged Jessica Gadirova to the bronze with a total of 14.250.

Kinsella - the reigning all-around women's champion - would clinch glory in the women's floor, with a score of 13.900 good enough for gold, as Wales' Ruby Evans averaged 13.275 after two vaults to finish atop the podium in that event.

Finally, Ondine Achampong's decision to go for broke on beam paid off, as the 19-year-old scored 13.800 to pip Gadirova and Kinsella to the gold.

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Alice Kinsella pictured on August 11, 2022
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