Louis Smith delighted with World Championship medal haul

Louis Smith in action at the World Championships. Picture: JEFF HOLMES/PA WIRE.

Louis Smith in action at the World Championships. Picture: JEFF HOLMES/PA WIRE. - Credit: PA

Huntingdon star Louis Smith declared himself ‘over the moon’ after adding two more major medals to his vast collection.

Smith captured team and individual silver medals when starring for Great Britain in the World Championships in Glasgow last week.

The 26 year-old helped ensure the men’s team booked their place in the 2016 Olympics before excelling on his specialist piece of apparatus, the pommel horse, when pipped to gold by team-mate Max Whitlock as both men produced 16-plus scores.

Smith, who took two years out of the sport before returning to his best, said: “It has been an incredible year which started off at the English Championships before I took gold at the British Championships and gold at the European Championships.

“There has been a lot of hard work to get back into this position. It was a privilege just to make the team and to help us qualify for Rio was brilliant.

“Getting an individual silver medal on top made it an even more memorable week and there was no better way to finish than with a 1-2 in the pommel final.

“I would obviously have loved a gold medal, but it is hard not to be pleased with silver. I put Max under pressure and fair play to him for going out there and producing the routine he did.

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“The standard now is incredible compared to when I competed in my first World Championships back in 2005.

“For myself and Max to both get scores in the 16s shows the standard we are now at.

“But if I didn’t believe I could challenge for major medals, I wouldn’t have come back.”

Smith collected his first silver medal in the team event last Wednesday before following up in the pommel final last Saturday.

He looked to have delivered a title-winning routine when racking up a terrific 16.033 score, but Whitlock eclipsed him with a stunning 16.133 effort of his own.