One of the men Whitlock is set to face at the world championships is Japan’s superstar gymnast Kohei Uchimura. 

The 25-year-old has won an unprecedented four successive world all-around titles and is widely regarded as the best male gymnast of all time. He is also Whitlock’s idol. 

“That guy is unbelievable and he won’t be beaten for a long time I think,” Whitlock said. “I’m not looking at trying to beat Uchimura now, I’m looking to get the highest score I can and if I can come close to Uchimura I would be honoured. I would be absolutely honoured.”