Worlds 2014: Whitlock to replace Wilson in AA

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Max Whitlock was predicted to be the one to challenge Kohei Uchimura for the All Around title at this years World Championships. Due to the 2 per country rule, he did not qualify, with team mates Daniel Purvis and new comer Nile Wilson taking the two spots for Great Britain.

Many wondered would Nile Wilson become “injured” and withdraw from the competition, knowing that Whitlock would replace him. Earlier this week, BBC journalist Nick Hope tweeted that the only way Whitlock would replace Wilson would be due to injury.

Today British Gymnastics released a statement where it was announced that Whitlock will in fact replace Wilson in the All Around final. The reason cited for the replacement is due to a wrist injury that Wilson has been carrying.

08/10/14: British Gymnastics has announced the withdrawal of Nile Wilson from the top 24 all-around World Championship final on 9th October.

Nile has been carrying a sore wrist throughout the competitions in Nanning, China, that has been superbly managed by the medical staff. However, in light of this and with the priority being Nile’s long-term gymnastics career, Max Whitlock will replace Nile in the all-around final. Max qualified by right as the third placed GB gymnast but was initially excluded from the final by the “only two gymnasts per federation” rule. Nile still intends to compete in the high bar final on Sunday 12th.

Many will not believe this and debates and opinions will spin out online. What are your opinions on this? Leave a comment below.

One Comment

  1. GAGA says:

    So the head coach said on the 7th of Oct that Wilson won’t be replaced unless he has a injury.

    Then the next day GB gymnastics officially say he had been carrying a injury throughout the competition and had been having treatment by medical staff.

    So the coaches must have known about the ‘injury’ when they said Wilson won’t be replaced. Assuming that first statement was true. But in the end, I don’t see why it matters what they did. Aren’t they allowed to have gymnasts step aside to let a team mate go?

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