11/2/2018 10:34:03 PM (GMT+3)

Whitlock speaks after his silver-medal winning performance on pommel horse

Whitlock speaks after his silver-medal winning performance on pommel horse

DOHA: Comments from Max Whitlock of Great Britain after he won silver on pommel horse in the men’s apparatus finals at Aspire Zone on Friday.

On performing with a lower difficulty score (6.8) than he performed in the team final (7.0)

“I was actually going for one tenth (of a point) higher than I did today. I hit the pommel, so I changed it, and I dropped by one tenth. It is really gutting in that way, but it was the way it was. I made a slight error at the beginning, and that’s what cost me. That’s what our sport is like. It is really tough, and the tiniest margins can take you out of top spot. (Gold medalist) Xiao (Ruoteng of China) did a great job today, he really did, and he deserves it.”

On losing gold to Xiao in a tie-breaker (based on Xiao’s higher execution score):

“It is tough for any athlete for that to happen, but that’s how our sport works. It has been like that for many years, and as soon as the score came up, I knew what the answer was. It is just the way our sport is. A tiny error just took me out of it, but I can take a lot from this, move forward and hopefully come back next year stronger.”