Whitlock Gets Second Shot at All-Around
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British star Max Whitlock will get another chance for redemption in Thursday evening's all-around final at the world championships in Nanning.

Max Whitlock (Great Britain)

The two-time bronze medalist from the 2012 Olympic Games will replace teammate Nile Wilson, who has withdrawn with a wrist injury.

Whitlock, the 2014 Commonwealth Games all-around champion, had originally failed to qualify to the all-around final after mishap on floor exercise in qualification left him in 14th place.

The top 24 gymnasts qualify to the all-around final; however, FIG rules stipulate only maximum of two gymnasts per country can advance to any final. Great Britain's Dan Purvis and Nile Wilson had qualified in 10th place and 13th place, respectively. Wilson edged Whitlock, the 2013 and 2014 British champion, for the second spot by .121.

"It was really tough out there and I'm not quite sure went wrong," Whitlock told the BBC about qualification. "I think I'm really feeling it now because there have been a lot of competitions this year, but I've just got to try and put it behind me and start with a clean slate."

When asked if British team coaches would consider replacing Wilson in favor of the more experienced Whitlock, head coach Eddie Van Hoof said it was not an option as Wilson and Purvis had "earned" their spots in the all-around final.

However, an untimely wrist injury has changed the all-around lineup. Wilson has been "carrying a sore wrist through the competition" and has withdrawn from the all-around final

"I'm obviously very disappointed," Wilson said after the team final, where Great Britain placed fourth. "My wrist was pretty sore today so I made the decision to pull out and save myself for the high bar final. I'll be right behind Max and Dan Purvis in the all-around and can't wait for the high bar on Sunday."

At the 2013 World Championships, Whitlock finished fourth all-aroundbehind medalists Kohei Uchimura (Japan), Ryohei Kato (Japan) and Fabian Hambüchen (Germany). Uchimura is favored to once again win, which will give him an unprecedented fifth consecutive world all-around titles.

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Alison Clements said:

... and the prize for being a good sport goes to ...
... Nile Wilson. Good on him. I hope he has a long and successful career ahead of him.
October 09, 2014
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