Matt, 43, was on hand as a commentator of the Men’s gymnastics event as the Tokyo Olympic Games continued and the presenter was excited to see Max, 28, perform. The gymnast was one of the favourites to secure a medal for Team GB in the pommel horse event but no one could’ve expected him to start the final with a perfect routine. As it seemed the Olympian had locked down the gold-medal position, the BBC star lost it as he was overjoyed with the result.
After Max completed a routine with a difficulty of seven, Matt could be heard shouting “yes” as his fellow commentators tried to give their analysis.
“Well, that is why he is Olympic champion and three-time world champion,” the former The One Show star said as he lost it over the performance.
“He went all out for difficulty, matched it with the execution. Beat that if you can,” he added as he urged the other competitors to up their game to defeat Max.
With the gymnast being the first up to perform, he had to wait to see if any of his opponents would take the title away from him.
Still discussing the routine, Matt added: “That is huge on every level. Of composure, of difficulty and of composure.”
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“Time will tell if that was the hardest routine that you will see in his final but he was thorough and he was clean,” Matt continued.
“Max will be content that he got in the difficulty he wanted to and obviously, our gymnasts have been under extreme challenges in training coming into the Olympics.
“I think he will be happy he did what he set out to do,” the presenter added as it was revealed Max had secured a score of 15.583.
Commentating on the score, Matt explained: “That is going to be a very hard score to beat. Wow, Max Whitlock, we salute you.”
“But to post a score as he did, [wow],” Matt continued as he waited with bated breath to see if Max would win gold.
By the end of the Men’s pommel horse final, it was revealed Max had won the gold medal and became the most successful men’s gymnast in British history.
It also means he holds on to the title he won back in the Rio Olympics in 2016 with his flawless performance on Day nine.
Those watching at home took to Twitter to comment on the youngster’s success, with everyone saying the same thing.
One viewer wrote: “Max Whitlock retains his Olympic pommel horse title First place medal. Absolutely brilliant. What a legend. That’s another gold medal for #TeamGB.”
Another posted: “So happy to see Max Whitlock get gold for #TeamGB on the pommel horse at the #Olympics. Doing Essex proud!”
Whilst a third commented: “Max Whitlock defends his Gold! It’s so lovely to see Team GB doing so well! #TeamGB #Olympics.”
“Cheerfully achieved nothing this morning because of watching Max Whitlock and I don’t regret a thing. How lovely! #Olympics,” a fourth remarked.
Tokyo Olympics coverage continues weekdays from 5am on BBC One.