OLYMPIC GAMES: Another silver medal for Huntingdon star Louis Smith as he is pipped to pommel horse glory by Great Britain team-mate Max Whitlock
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Huntingdon star Louis Smith has captured his fourth Olympic medal tonight.
Smith won silver in the individual pommel horse final for the second successive Games.
The 27 year-old earned a score of 15.833 for a high-class routine, but it was eclipsed by Great Britain team-mate Max Whitlock, who managed 15.966.
That was enough for Whitlock to win his second gold medal in little more than an hour after capturing glory on the floor earlier in the evening – the first-ever individual success for Great Britain.
Smith’s silver medal follows up his second place in London four years ago and a bronze in Beijing back in 2008. He also helped the Great Britain team to win bronze in London before they finished fourth in Rio.
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Smith said: “I would have loved to win gold, but just being here was an incredible achievement in itself.
“I read a lot of negative comments from people saying I shouldn’t be in it when the team was selected, and I then messed up in the team final.
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“I’ve had a lot of emotions to deal with for almost a week before the individual final.
“To come out and deliver that routine was really pleasing and I’m feeling a lot of pride.
“I don’t know if this is going to be my last Games, but to win medals at three Olympics is really pleasing.
“I’ve been in the sport for two decades and it shows I’ve still got it at the age of 27.
And Smith was quick to pay tribute to the stunning displays of team-mate Whitlock.
He added: “What Max did tonight is incredible. He has been an absolute star in this competition.”
Olympic Games men’s individual pommel horse final:
1 Max Whitlock (Great Britain) 15.966.
2 Louis Smith (Great Britain) 15.833.
3 Alex Naddour (USA) 15.700.
4 Cyril Tommasone (France) 15.600.
5 David Belyavskiy (Russia) 15.400.
6 Nikolai Kuksenkov (Russia) 15.233
7 Harutyun Merdinyan (Armenia) 14.933.
8 Oleg Verniaiev (Ukraine) 12.400.