Gymastics: Wilson has world titles set firmly in his sights

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NILE Wilson is determined to tick ‘world champion’ off his bucket list after bringing the curtain down on Great Britain’s exploits in Glasgow during Sunday’s parallel bars final.

The 19-year-old Yorkshireman helped Britain to an historic Gymnastics World Championships team silver earlier in the week at the SSE Hydro before watching teammate Max Whitlock claim pommel gold on Saturday.

Wilson was the last British male to go at this year’s competition as he took his place in the bars final and scored 15.233 for eighth.

It was always going to be a tall order for the youngster to claim an individual medal and it became even harder as China’s Hao You racked up a score of 16.216 to take the lead – and eventually the gold medal.

But Wilson knows he has plenty time left to achieve his dream of standing on the top step of the podium and is determined to learn from the likes of Whitlock and Louis Smith in his pursuit to be the best.

“It’s incredible to be in the team with world champions and Olympic medallists, it gives you inspiration and we are pushing behind them,” said Wilson. I’ve got youth on them and I am going to work the hardest I possibly can to catch them up and one day on my life list is to be a world champion.

“So I am going to do everything that I possibly can to get there and proving that I can come top eight in the parallel bars at 19 is a massive stepping stone and a huge step forward.”

Last year saw Wilson qualify for the all-around individual world final in China before being forced to withdraw due to injury.

And with more finals experience under his belt this time around he is confident that there will be plenty more success to come in 2016 with both the European Championships and Olympics on the horizon. It was an incredible experience and I knew realistically that with my start score it would be hard to challenge for medals,” he added.

“Out there today I just loved every second of it, the home crowd support getting behind us like that was amazing and not many people get to experience that feeling.

“Gymnastics is gymnastics and is so unpredictable and this week has just been absolutely incredible to win the medals as teams – that will change British gymnastics forever.

“If we can keep moving forward I am sure we can keep proving that we are one of the best nations in the world at this sport. It’s a huge year coming up with the Euros and Rio so I want to make sure I am working hard and improving all the time.

“I’m getting more and more experience with each competition and the guys in there today had a lot of years on me so I am confident I can keep improving and win medals.”

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