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Essex pair Whitlock and Lawrence hail 'amazing' silver

Max Whitlock and Danny Lawrence
Whitlock (left) and Lawrence both train in Basildon

South Essex Gymnastics Club's Max Whitlock and Danny Lawrence say they were stunned to claim team silver with England in artistic gymnastics.

The pair helped their country to a second-place finish in Delhi.

"It's amazing, we all wanted a medal and we're really happy with silver," 17-year-old Whitlock told BBC Sport.

Lawrence, 26, added: "To come second is absolutely amazing, I'm so happy for the guys, we've all been working so hard for it."

England finished Monday's competition on 256.750 points, falling just short of gold medal winners Australia's 259.050-point haul.

I was really nervous, I just wanted get a clean routine for the team

Max Whitlock

"We carried a couple of falls, Australia were always going to be difficult to beat, they're an amazing team," said Lawrence.

"To be two marks behind while carrying falls, it's a shame but I think we've got to be happy with the silver."

Whitlock, who will compete in Wednesday's all-round final, put in an impressive performance to finish top of the rankings in the pommel horse discipline.

"I was really nervous, I just wanted get a clean routine for the team," he said.

"I'm happy with that because it's one of my highest scores ever."

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