SUPERSTAR gymnast Max Whitlock was left overwhelmed by the response he received on his return to South Essex Gymnastics Club this afternoon.

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Max Whitlock today in Basildon

Hundreds of fans turned out at the Basildon venue to greet Whitlock who won pommel horse gold at the World Championships last week.

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Reiss Beckford, Brinn Bevan and Max Whitlock

And Whitlock, who also claimed two silver medals in Glasgow, was clearly taken back by his home-coming alongside club-mates Brinn Bevan and Reiss Beckford. 

“It’s just brilliant,” beamed Whitlock.

“I always love coming back to South Essex because these guys always put on a great celebration party.

“It’s great to come back to them too because they have supported me all the way and I really appreciate that.”

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The heroes return

 

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