Gymnastics: Just doing his job, Whitlock calm after double gold

Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:15pm EDT
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By Chris Gallagher

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Most athletes would be floored by the realization they had just won a historic double Olympic gold medal, but Britain's Max Whitlock says he was just doing his job and is keen to get back in the gym.

Whitlock ended Britain's 120-year wait for an Olympic gymnastics gold medal by winning the men's floor title at the Rio Games on Sunday before claiming a second gold less than two hours later in the pommel horse.

Making it even sweeter for Britain, compatriot Louis Smith grabbed silver in the pommel horse -- a repeat of their one-two finish at the 2015 world championships in Glasgow.

"It was really cool to see two flags rise up there, it's just an amazing feeling," Whitlock told reporters.

"It's such a proud feeling to hear your national anthem being played and just stand there with Louis, one and two again like the world championship."

Whitlock, 23, is no stranger to record-setting wins. Last year's gold ended Britain's 112-year hunt for a men's world champion.

He also took bronze this week in the all around, which was won by his idol Kohei Uchimura of Japan.

Despite the weight of his first gold in the floor exercises, he did not have time to enjoy the moment as his day was only half over.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Men's Pommel Horse Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Max Whitlock (GBR) of Britain celebrates after winning. REUTERS/Mike Blake