Whitlock’s performance was another sign of his return to form after a difficult 2018, when he finished out of the European medals in Glasgow after making an uncharacteristic error.

The 26-year-old had also missed out on retaining his world title by the narrowest of margins in Doha, but he believes his win in Poland can pave the way to more Olympic success in Tokyo next year.

Whitlock said: “The build-up has been a big learning curve for me, there has been a lot of pressure and expectation put on me which I’ve had to learn to cope with.

“This gives me a huge confidence boost.

“I always said last year that I was gaining in experience and building my routine, so now, to produce a score like that and win gold feels really good.”