NILE WILSON wants to be an all-around champion – and not just in gymnastics.
The Commonwealth Games multi-gold medallist reckons he and his fellow lads in lycra would beat athletes from other sports if they faced off in a competition like the old BBC programme Superstars.
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Wilson has already seen off Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty and fellow gymnast Max Whitlock in a push-up challenge in a series of online videos.
The 22-year-old from Leeds said: “I called them out, beat them both and haven’t heard anything since. We should all three of us get together one day and do it at the same time and see who is truly the champion.
“Superstars? I’m biased, but I think gymnasts would absolutely kill it. We’d beat them all. The challenge we would have would be with the legs. We have six apparatus and four of them are upper-body based.
“Two of them are lower body. You’re running 25m and you’re done. We want our legs to be light but strong to take the landings.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be publish Wilson has won five golds medals at the Commonwealth Games
“Anything endurance-based, like long-distance running or swimming, we’d struggle with. But we can all jump, we can all sprint. I would love it if that happened. Gymnasts would smash it, I’m telling you.”
Wilson and British Gymnatics as a whole have every reason to be confident after their stunning breakthroughs on the world stage in the last decade and more.
Earlier this year he won Commonwealth gold for England in team and individual all-around competitions, as well as in the horizontal bar – not to mention silver medals in the rings and parallel bars.
The next staging post towards the Tokyo Olympics will be August’s European Championships in Glasgow.
Wilson said: “It’s the first real team event since Rio so we really want to pull together and go after it. “The strength we showed at Commonwealth Games, there’s no reason why we can’t win.
“The biggest challenge will be Russia, after coming second to them previously.