Louis leads the way in European Championship qualifying

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 is closing in on European Championship glory after topping the pommel horse qualification scores.

The Huntingdon Gym Club star enjoyed a fine return to international competition in Montpellier, France yesterday (Thursday).

Smith produced a superbly executed routine to earn a score of 15.800 from the judges and confirm himself as a major contender for a medal in the final tomorrow (Saturday).

Smith said: “This is half the job done, I’m very happy to have made the final.

“Wearing the GBR leotard again is a very proud moment for me and proves all my hard work has been worth it.


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“There is always a chance that if I do my routine cleanly then I’m capable of medals in the final.

“That’s all I need to do focus on my routine and let’s see what happens.”

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Smith is a three-time European silver medalist on the pommel horse.

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