OLYMPIC GAMES: Louis Smith gunning for team glory with Great Britain
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Huntingdon star Louis Smith is feeling good ahead of his latest medal mission tonight.
Smith is part of the five-man Great Britain team chasing glory in the all-round final which begins at 8pm UK time.
Great Britain collected bronze in London four years ago and qualified in fifth place for tonight’s showpiece.
Smith produced a classy 15,700 performance on the pommel horse in the qualifying event on Saturday and he is again only likely to compete on his specialist piece of apparatus in the final.
And he goes into it in confident mood. Smith said: “Exuding confidence affects a lot of things - it affects my confidence, the team’s confidence, the judges.
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“When you go out to do a warm up before your routine, even that’s important because the judges are looking at you.
“If you smash your warm up they’re going to think that you’re on form. We all felt good. We do enough training in the gym where you walk out, and yes you’re nervous, but 90 per cent of the feeling is that you’re going to smash it.
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“I really enjoyed qualification the other end and hopefully the final be good as well.”
Smith has also won individual medals in the last two Games - taking bronze on the pommel in Beijing eight years ago and adding silver to his collection in London four years later.
He qualified in second spot for the pommel final in Rio which takes place on Sunday (August 14). Only British team-mate Max Whitlock bettered his effort in qualifying.