Max Whitlock to lead 13-strong British gymnastics squad at Paris Olympics

Friday, Jun 14, 2024

LONDON: Triple gold medallist Max Whitlock will lead a 13-strong British gymnastics squad into next month’s Olympic Games in Paris.

Whitlock stepped away from the sport after clinching his second-straight pommel crown in Tokyo in 2021 but returned last year and recently announced he would make the 2024 Games his last.

Joining Whitlock in a five-strong British men’s team are Jake Jarman, the reigning world champion on vault, Joe Fraser, a former world champion on parallel bars, plus debutants Harry Hepworth and Luke Whitehouse.

Alice Kinsella, who was part of a women’s team that won their first medal in 93 years in Tokyo, will be joined by Becky Downie, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Ruby Evans and Abigail Martin.The women’s team’s hopes of repeating their stunning bronze medal in the Japanese capital have been hit by a series of injury withdrawals including reigning world champion Jessica Gadirova, and Ondine Achampong.

Two-time Olympic medallist Bryony Page will bid to add an elusive gold medal to her collection and she will be joined in a three-strong trampoline team by debutants Izzy Songhurst and Zak Perzamanos.

Performance director Tracy Whittaker-Smith said: “With first Games debutantes alongside established Olympic greats like Max Whitlock OBE and Bryony Page, we feel we have a fantastic mix of athletes, all of whom have achieved major championship medal success this cycle.”