Louis Smith stars as Great Britain take silver in the European Championships team final, but he misses out on an individual medal after slip
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Huntingdon star Louis Smith helped Great Britain to a European Championship team silver medal – then immediately insisted they are right on track for the Olympic Games later this summer.
Smith, Kristian Thomas, Courtney Tulloch, Dan Purvis and Nile Wilson produced a score of 268.4 to take second spot in Swiss capital, Bern yesterday (Saturday).
Smith’s fine score of 15.966 for his pommel horse routine was one of the highlights of a polished all-round GB performance in the final major event ahead of Rio.
Smith, a medallist at the last two Olympics in Beijing and London, told www.bbc.co.uk: “There is a lot we can take from this competition.
“We did 18 clean routines even though we are not at full capacity yet.
“We are still eight weeks from Rio and I think we’re doing fantastically well.”
But Smith was unable to retain his individual European crown on the pommel horse this morning.
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The Huntingdon Gymnastics Club star finished fourth in the final today after a slip during his routine.
Armenian ace Harutyun Merdinyan took gold with a score of 15.366 with Russian rival David Belyavskiy in second on 15.233.
Christian Baumann of Switzerland claimed bronze with 14.900 while Smith had to settle for a score of 14.733.
Smith added: “As gymnasts we make the sport look easy, but it’s a difficult job and every now and then that happens.”
European Championships men’s team final
Results: 1 Russia 271.3, 2 Great Britain 268.4, 3 Switzerland 263.2, 4 Ukraine 257.6, 5 Germany 256.4, 6 France 254.0, 7 Italy 253.3, 8 Spain 244.6.