Courtney Tulloch warned the rest of the world the best is yet to come from Great Britain’s men at the World Championships after an impressive qualifying display.
Tulloch was in imperious form on rings and vault on Monday to help his team qualify behind only Olympic silver medallists Japan as Great Britain hunt a first team medal since 2015 on Wednesday evening.
The Maidstone gymnast will be joined by Gravesend's Giarnni Regini-Moran and Maidstone's James Hall in the showpiece after the home nation fired a warning shot to the competition, finishing ahead of much-fancied China and rivals USA.
But four-time Commonwealth champion Tulloch knows the hosts must improve if they are to break their seven-year duck.
“We know what we’re capable of, we know we’re better than that,” said Tulloch, who also qualified first for the individual rings final.
“We made some mistakes, had some errors but it’s qualification; we all made it, we’re all safe. We just need to rest, recover, clear our heads and move on to the team final because we haven’t got long.
“We need to improve for sure because we made some mistakes out there but all in all we’re happy.”
Tulloch was the standout star for Great Britain alongside the talismanic Joe Fraser, who qualified for the all-around and parallel bars finals, while Regini-Moran qualified in fourth for the floor final and made the parallel bars finals in eighth.
Tulloch will have the rings final to focus on after the team final but insisted he is not getting carried away.
“The little kid in me wants to go crazy and be like ‘we did amazing’ but we need to remember that we don’t win medals in qualification, there’s still a lot of work to do,” added Tulloch.
“We start again from zero on Wednesday. We can’t be too happy and pleased with ourselves - we did the first job and now onto the final.
“I’m happy with rings, obviously I can do better on the dismount and I need to, but overall I felt really strong out there.”
Regini-Moran, meanwhile, suffered a fall on the high bar before recovering to post a strong score of 14.533 on floor.
“You either hit or you miss and I didn’t hit the routine but that’s the sport we do,” said Regini-Moran.
“You’ve got to go for perfection otherwise it’s not going to be good enough.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the tension of the bar, everyone is struggling a little bit with the bar but we try to take the positives.”
The World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022 will be one of the largest international sporting events ever to be held in the city. Over 500 gymnasts from more than 70 countries will compete at the M&S Bank Arena from 29 October to 6 November 2022. Tickets are available at www.2022worldgymnastics.com/tickets