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Historic silver medal for Great Britain's men in Glasgow

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Great Britain's men claimed a first ever team medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow as they swooped silver.

The team, consisting of Max Whitlock, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Nile Wilson, Brinn Bevan and Daniel Purvis, registered a score of 270.345, just 0.473 behind the newly-crowned champions Japan and 0.386 ahead of former world champions China.

They performed superbly on the pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar, but it was on the floor where GB's medal was secured as Whitlock delivered a score of 15.766 to overtake China.

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Whitlock said: "To be honest there was pressure but the amount of support that goes with that was unbelievable.

"The crowd were absolutely crazy today and I think that has helped us get these silver medals that are around our necks now. The atmosphere was unbelievable and I think the team pulled together brilliantly and we got exactly what we wanted."

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Wilson added: "That Olympic medal has spurred us all on and made us all believe that we are one of the best countries in the world at gymnastics. To be a part of this team was incredible. We were all relentless out there and hit every routine and you can't ask for more than that."

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