Louis Smith impresses in World Championships qualifying despite being unwell

Louis Smith won individual and team silver medals at the World Championships.

Louis Smith won individual and team silver medals at the World Championships. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon star Louis Smith overcame a bout of illness to deliver a fine performance in Men’s qualifying at the World Championships on Sunday.

Smith produced a 15.533 performance on the pommel horse at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow which will earn him a place in the apparatus final on Saturday.

He declared himself delighted with his display which was all the more impressive considering he is taking medication.

Smith, who also contributed 11.900 points on the parallel bars, said: “I’m very pleased with my performance after being quite unwell recently.

I’ve been on antibiotics for a few days with a throat infection, but it was a case of having to go out and get on with it.

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“I thought I was going to faint after doing the parallel bars so I was just happy to get through the horse routine.”

The six-man Great Britain team performed solidly as they finished third in the team qualification standings to secure their place in the Rio Olympics next summer.

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Their total tally of 354.417 made them early leaders, but they eventually finished behind Japan and China.

The men’s team final takes place on Wednesday with Smith involved in the individual pommel horse final on Saturday.

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