8/13/2018 8:20:29 PM (GMT+3)

World champion Whitlock disappoints at European Championships

World champion Whitlock disappoints at European Championships

DOHA: Great Britain’s Max Whitlock, who is expected to be among the stars on parade at the 48th Artistic World Championships here, ended his campaign at the European Championships on a disappointing note after he failed to make the podium in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old made history at the Montreal Worlds last year by becoming the first British to successfully defend a world title after he won the pommel horse.

“It was one of those things,” Whitlock told bbc.com. “It’s something to learn from. I’m happy with my score, but it can give me confidence in another way moving forward.”

The 2018 has not been too good for the five-time Olympic medalist in individual events.

At this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Whitlock failed to defend individual titles -- he sat out the individual all-around competition, finished sixth on the floor, winning only a silver on the pommel.

Whitlock, who ended Britain’s 120-year wait for an Olympic gymnastics gold medal by winning the floor and pommel horse at 2016 Rio Games, will be keen to regain form ahead of the Doha Worlds scheduled to be held at the Aspire Dome from October 25 to November 3.