Smith and Keatings make Olympic history

HUNTINGDON gymnasts Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings have made history at the Beijing Olympics. Smith, 19, has qualified for the men s pommel horse final on Sunday — he is the first British man in 68 years to qualify for an apparatus final at the Olympics.

HUNTINGDON gymnasts Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings have made history at the Beijing Olympics.

Smith, 19, has qualified for the men's pommel horse final on Sunday - he is the first British man in 68 years to qualify for an apparatus final at the Olympics.

Keatings, 18, has qualified for the all-around men's final, which will be held on Thursday.

Both teenagers train at the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club facility in Clayton's Way, under the stewardship of head coach Paul Hall.


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Hall, who is in China with his protégés, said: "We have made history."

Smith qualified for the pommel final in fifth place with a score on the apparatus of 15.325, while Keatings squeezed into the all-around final in 24th place of 24 qualifiers - and is also reserve for the men's pommel event.

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Smith, from Eye, near Peterborough, and Keatings, from Corby, are aiming to be the first British man to ever claim an Olympic gymnastics medal.

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