Max Whitlock ended Great Britain's 108-year wait for an Olympic medal in the all-around gymnastics competition after holding his nerve to claim bronze in the men's final at Rio 2016. The 23-year-old recovered from the disappointment of failing to win a medal in the team final by winning the first of what could be multiple individual titles in Brazil.
Whitlock led the competition after the pommel horse, but was soon engulfed by Kohei Uchimura and Oleg Verniaiev, who would battle it out for gold. The double bronze medallist from London 2012 was unperturbed, however, and set a score of 90.641 following his final floor routine.
The Hemel Hempstead-born gymnast was then forced to wait for his rivals to complete their sixth piece of apparatus. David Belyavskiy and Lin Chaopan fell short of Whitlock to confirm another British medal, before Uchimura and Verniaiev – the gold and silver medallists – surpassed him to ensure the colour would be bronze.
"My coach and I have been working so hard over the past four years," he told BBC Sport. "We stepped out of London 2012 and I wanted to prove myself as an all-rounder and I've done that. I feel I've completed that target now.
"Kohei Uchimura has been my idol for a long time so I'm very proud for him and Oleg Verniaiev, I've been competing with him for years. He's been producing huge scores in the last few years and I'm very honoured to come third to those two. That Team GB have won more medals today makes it even better. We are very strong, we're such a big team, and hopefully everyone can be proud of our achievements today."