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Olympic medallist to get civic gong

Whitlock: honoured by home town Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Double Olympic medal winner Max Whitlock is to have his achievements celebrated by his home town.

The gymnast who won two bronze medals at London 2012 is to be presented with a gift at a special reception in Hemel Hempstead

The presentation will take place this weekend at the town's Civic Centre.

The 19-year-old, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, took the first British men's gymnastics team medal since 1912 alongside Louis Smith, 23, Sam Oldham, 19, Daniel Purvis, 21, and Kristian Thomas, 23 when they claimed bronze on July 30.

Whitlock, who still lives in Hemel Hempstead, then went on to win Olympic bronze in the men's pommel horse, six days later.

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