Louis becomes the king of Europe

Louis Smith won gold on the pommel horse at the European Championships.

Louis Smith won gold on the pommel horse at the European Championships. - Credit: Archant

Louis Smith completed a golden return to top-class gymnastics with European Championship glory today.

The Huntingdon Gym Club star produced a score of 15.800 to win the pommel horse title in Montpellier, France.

It is the first European individual crown of his career and was captured in the 25 year-old’s first appearance for Great Britain since the London Olympics of 2012.

Smith said: “It is an unbelievable feeling. This was a massive competition for me to prove I can go all the way and I’m delighted to win it.

“I was so nervous beforehand my routine as it meant a lot to me. It has been a long journey to get back to this point.

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“I had a break from the sport after London and I then made the decision to return. I thought it would be silly to waste what I’ve got.

“It’s going to be a very busy summer now as I try to get into the GB team for the World Championships.”

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The World Championships are to be staged in Glasgow from October 23 to March 1.

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