Golden glory for Whitlock
7:40pm Wednesday 30th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Max Whitlock has claimed his first individual all-around gold medal at a major competition after a stunning display at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The 21-year-old double Olympic bronze medallist added to the team gold England won on Tuesday with a near immaculate performance which underlines him as a serious medal prospect for the World Championships this October and for the Rio Games in two years' time.
Whitlock scored a total of 90.631 across all six pieces of apparatus to claim the Commonwealth title ahead of Scotland's Dan Keatings (88.298) in silver medal position with England team-mate Nile Wilson (87.965) in bronze.
Whitlock took a two-point lead into the final piece, the high bar, where he was the last to compete.
Keatings threw down the gauntlet to Wilson with an emphatic routine of 14.766 and the 18-year-old responded with exactly the same score to slot into the bronze medal position ahead of last man Whitlock.
The British champion did not falter despite the huge pressure placed on his shoulders and produced the best score of the day on high bar - 15.100 - to claim a well-deserved gold.
"I wasn't paying much attention to the score. I just wanted to get my job done and get clean routines," Whitlock said.
"To have that bit of margin is a comfortable feeling and it feels really nice, it feels really good.
"I can't explain it. It's a crazy feeling. Even before the routine, I was so nervous. For everything just to come together and to stick the landing like that. To be so happy with my all-around performance and not just one piece, it's unreal. It really is - it's unreal."
Sixteen-year-old Claudia Fragapane later clinched gold in the women's event with a total of 56.132 ahead of Ruby Harrold (55.232) and Hannah Whelan (54.699) as England claimed every step on the podium.
England's Jack Laugher won gold in the men's one-metre springboard competition on day one of the Glasgow 2014 diving competition in Edinburgh.
Laugher scored 449.90 for his six dives, winning in supreme fashion from Australian pair Matthew Mitcham (404.85) and Grant Nel (403.40), who were second and third, respectively.
Laugher said: "It's amazing to come away with gold. I'm ridiculously happy. I can't even describe how I feel.
"One metre is a really good training event for three metres. It's not my main event. I've got three metres tomorrow and the three-metres synchro with Chris (Mears, on Friday)."
Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree later won another gold for England in the women's synchronised 3m springboard.
England's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch claimed silver in the women's synchronised 10m platform on Wednesday afternoon.
England's Ben Watson took weightlifting bronze in the men's 105kg at the Clyde Auditorium, but his story was dwarfed by David Katoatau who won gold for Kiribati - the island's first ever Commonwealth medal.
Nicola Adams eased into the women's flyweight boxing semi-finals as she outclassed and floored Sri Lanka's Erandi de Silva on her way to a unanimous decision win.
Northern Ireland 21-year-old Michaela Walsh joined Adams in the semi-finals with a points win over Jamaica's Sarah Joy Rae and is likely to face Adams in the final, provided she dispatches tough Indian Pinki Jangra next.
Walsh's team-mate Alanna Audley-Murphy also squeezed through to the middleweight semi-finals on a split decision over Islington-based Dominican Valerian Spicer.
Double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes blazed into the last four by thoroughly outclassing Charles Keama of Papua New Guinea, while Barnes' Northern Ireland team-mate Michael Conlan was another winner as he comfortably outpointed Bashir Nasir of Uganda.
Adopted Scot Viorel Etko delivered Scotland's first Commonwealth wrestling medal in 20 years with bronze in the 61kgs at the SECC, the Moldova-born 36-year-old fighting through to the semi-finals before losing out to eventual gold medallist David Tremblay of Canada.
There was also medal success for England, as Leon Rattigan added 97kgs bronze to the silver won by wife Yana on Tuesday, which was their wedding anniversary.
There was, however, disappointment for Northern Ireland's Hugh McCloskey, who lost his 97kgs bronze fight to New Zealander Sam Belkin.
In the women's 53kgs, Tullibody teenager Shannon Hawke lost out in the bronze repechage final to South African Mpho Madi, while Glasgow's Sarah Jones was defeated by India's Navjot Navjot Kaur in the 69kgs bronze contest.
England's netballers overcame Barbados 69-27 to conclude their pool-stage campaign with a fourth win from five and secure a semi-final date with New Zealand.
Alex Danson and Susannah Townsend fired England to a 2-1 victory over Scotland and a place in the women's hockey semi-finals. Wales and Malaysia drew 0-0.