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FOND FAREWELL: Olympic gymnast announces retirement after more than two-decade career

 Published on: 25th April 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hemel-born Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has announced his departure from the sport.

During his impressive 24-year career, Max became a four-time European champion and a four-time Commonwealth Games champion, earning a total of 32 medals for Great Britain.

His impact on the sport has been immense, with his hometown paying homage to his successes over the years, even naming the pub the Pommel Horse in Jarman Park after him and his achievements.

In a post on X, the gymnast said: “I have decided that… After 24 years, Paris will be my final Olympic Games. The final chapter of my career.

“From London to Rio, to Tokyo. Your support throughout this journey means the world as I build towards the Paris Olympic Games.”

His post was met with hundreds of comments, with one saying: “Max you’ve taken gymnastics in this country on a long journey and so many young gymnasts now believe that they can achieve what you’ve achieved because you showed what is possible!

Another said: “I’m 62 years young Max and have watched a few Olympic games. Seeing you mature, develop your skills and what you’ve achieved over the years has put you up there with our greatest Olympians.”

Photo credit: Max Whitlock

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