Whitlock claims British title
Olympic double bronze medallist Max Whitlock ended Daniel Purvis' three-year reign as British champion in style in Liverpool.
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Whitlock, who won team and pommel horse bronze at London 2012, finished three clear points ahead of Southport's Purvis to claim the title with an all-around score of 90.650.
Purvis finished in silver medal position with 87.250, with City of Leeds' Matthew Firth earning bronze with a combined total of 83.700 across all six pieces of apparatus.
Sam Oldham, who helped to win Great Britain's first men's Olympic team medal in a century last summer alongside Whitlock and Purvis, had a poor day by his own standards to finish in fourth.
Kristian Thomas and Louis Smith, the other two members of Britain's history-making Olympic men's team, did not compete - Thomas suffered an injury during last weekend's French World Cup event and Smith is taking a break from the sport.
Daniel Keatings, who missed out on a place in the five-man squad for the Games, posted the highest pommel horse score of the day with 15.800, narrowly beating Whitlock by 0.100 of a mark.
Meanwhile, in the women's competition, Gabrielle Jupp was crowned British all-around champion in her first major senior event.
The 15-year-old from Sapphire School of Gymnastics scored 56.150 to take the crown from Olympian Rebecca Tunney, who was unable to defend her title due to injury.
City of Liverpool's Charlie Fellows claimed silver and Niamh Rippin took bronze on what was a bad day for English champion Hannah Whelan, who fell twice on the bars to finish in eighth place.
Lisa Mason, who at 31 returned to competitive gymnastics after a 13-year absence, made Sunday's vault final after scoring 13.425 on the apparatus.
Mason was crowned English vault champion in her comeback event earlier this month and represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Games, and the mother-of-one is now targeting qualification for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In a hotly-contested men's competition, Whitlock outshone Purvis on all but the rings, where the 22-year-old produced some of his best form to stick an impressive double-double finish to score an impressive 14.900.
Whitlock, who trains at South Essex Gymnastics club and won the English all-around title three weeks ago, produced a floor routine which scored 15.400 to go along with 15.700 on the pommel horse, 15.100 on vault, 14.950 on the high bar and 14.750 on both rings and parallel bars to take Purvis' crown.
The 20-year-old Hemel Hempstead-born gymnast was pleased with his strong all-around display which helps to prove he is more than just a specialist operator on one or two pieces of apparatus.
He said: "To start the year by winning the English title, which has always been one of my main ambitions, and then to win the British is just crazy.
"I'm happy with all my routines, particularly vault which I've worked hard to improve and it's paid off.
"It's been important to me to prove to people I'm an all-around gymnast. The pommel will always be my strongest piece but I wanted to go out and show I can do all-around and hopefully that will give me a chance of perhaps doing it again at the Europeans or Worlds this year."
Purvis, who has been Britain's most consistent all-around performer in the past year, was left to rue some costly mistakes.
He said: "Personally I was really happy with how things were going until I had a disaster on p-bars which cost me two marks and put me out of contention.
"It's been hard coming back after the Olympics and adjusting to the new code of points and of course I'm disappointed to lose my title but not too unhappy.
"Fair play to Max. He was brilliant and fully deserves it."
Keatings, the 2009 world all-around silver medallist, only competed on the high bar, pommel and parallel bars but was outstanding and took gold on each, with Bury's Theo Seager claiming the titles on the rings and vault, with Whitlock earning gold on the floor.