Tokyo Olympics 2021: Hemel’s Max Whitlock met by daughter on return to UK after gold medal glory

After an amazing performance at the Olympics in Tokyo, Max Whitlock has safely returned back to England.

Greeted by his wife and daughter at London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday (August 3), he was clearly glad to be back, reports Mirror Online.

The 28-year-old won gold in Rio in 2016 but was under a different kind of pressure this time around after he was handed the difficult task of performing first in the final.

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Fortunately, the three-time world champion from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, put in a faultless display to score a huge 15.583 – a score which his competitors failed to match.

That marked his third Olympic gold and his sixth Olympic medal in total after winning three bronzes throughout his career.

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Speaking to the BBC after his success on Sunday, he said: “I feel lost for words. I am completely overwhelmed and it feels kind of surreal.

“I had seen the other sports, gold medals flowing in and I wanted to do the same here. Incredible journey.

“The pressure was there and I could feel it. Experience pays a lot in situations like this.

“Being first up meant I had to go all out. I couldn’t watch the scores. I had to go all out. That was the biggest routine I had been training for. I couldn’t have done any more.”

Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock with his daughter Willow as he arrives back at London Heathrow Airport from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Hemel Hempstead star is the latest GB hero to arrive back home after the record-breaking swimmers landed on Monday evening.

Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and Co, brought home eight medals from the meet in the pool, a tally only bettered by the United States.

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