Disappointments have fired up Max Whitlock for World Championships

The two-time Olympic champion is in Doha in search of his third consecutive pommel horse world title.

Two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock is looking for redemption in Doha.

Britain's most successful male gymnast is at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in search of his third consecutive pommel horse title.

It's a discipline that he has excelled in and has a gold medal from Rio 2016 to prove it.

However recently, the reigning world champion has suffered a dip in performance.

At this year's Commonwealth Games, as title favourite, he was only able to secure a silver medal on the pommel horse. It was the first time he has failed to win gold in this apparatus since 2015.

However before the critics begin to write him off, Whitlock shares exclusively with Olympic Channel that he is using the recent disappointment to spur him to an ever better performance here in Doha.

"It gave me loads of fire in my belly to just get going again... it's about using that experience, moving forward and hopefully this one can go well."

Max Whitlock:

Max Whitlock: "It gave me loads of fire in my belly to just get going again"

Making life difficult

Whitlock's poor run of form hasn't been without reason.

And it's not because he's a dad-to-be!

(Congratulations Max!)

The 25-year-old has been honing new techniques and increasing the difficulty in his routines as he prepares for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

That could explain his dip in results and even the errors, like a this year's European Championships, which caused him to miss out on a pommel horse medal altogether.

However after his practice session in Doha, Whitlock hinted that he's back at his best.

"I've made the upgrades, put the risk in... and I've got it to a level where I want it to be at now."

Max Whitlock trains at World Championship venue

Max Whitlock trains at World Championship venue

Should he manage to make it three in a row, it would be an impressive feat for the Brit considering that he'll be without his coach, Scott Hann, who will miss the event due to personal commitments.

But given that Whitlock seems upbeat and confident after practice, there's no doubt that he'll be the one to watch as he aims to salvage his reign as the undisputed best on the pommel horse with a strong performance in Qatar.

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