Coach Paul Hall ‘keeping everything crossed’ as Huntingdon star Louis Smith awaits his Olympic Games fate

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club star Louis Smith is hoping to earn selection for his third Olympic Games.

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club star Louis Smith is hoping to earn selection for his third Olympic Games. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon star Louis Smith is days away from discovering his Olympic Games fate . . . and coach Paul Hall admits he is ‘keeping everything crossed’.

Smith is one of 10 top gymnasts in contention for places in the five-man Great Britain squad for Rio, which will be announced on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old is desperate to make the cut as he bids to complete the full set of Olympic medals on his specialist piece of apparatus – the pommel horse.

Smith won bronze in Beijing eight years ago and added silver to his collection in London four years later.

Hall, who has coached Smith for close to 20 years at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, said: “The official announcement of the Great Britain squad for Rio will be made on Tuesday.

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“The selectors have some extremely difficult decisions to make as there has never been more competition for places.

“It goes without saying that I’m hopeful Louis will be a part of it and I’m keeping everything crossed.

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“He is the current world silver medallist and has produced some of the best scores seen anywhere in the past two years.

“He took a break from the sport after London, but he never lost the hunger and I know how much it would mean to him to compete in his third Olympic Games.

“He already has the bronze and silver medals, and it would be wonderful to have the opportunity to complete the full set.”

Smith only managed fifth place in his final event ahead of the Olympics. He scored 14.450 in the London Open last weekend.

There was success for two blossoming Huntingdon Gymnastics Club talents at the event as Benji Eyre and Tony Duchars shared third place all-around in the Loveday Cup competition for Under 18s.

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