British Gymnastics Championships 2015
Olympic Medallist, Louis Smith, moved back to the top of the pommel horse elite following a stunning performance at the Men's British Gymnastics Championships, held at Liverpool's Echo Arena over the weekend. The 25 year old Huntingdon based gymnast took the British Title at the qualifying competition on Saturday and then proved his consistency by taking Gold in the masters final on the Sunday. His score of 15.95 ranks as one of the highest posted around the world this year and was just one tenth above fellow Olympian, Max Whitlock, from South Essex.
The result will boost his chances of selection to the GB team for the European Championships, to be held in Montpelier, France in April, and will mark a major step in his campaign to gain Olympic selection for Rio next year. Clubmate Daniel Keatings, suffered an unfortunate fall from the apparatus after attempting one of the most difficult routines of the day and must now wait to see if he has made the cut for European Team selection.
Elsewhere, Huntingdon gymnasts also shone in the junior age categories, with Lottie Smith finishing 13th all around and qualifying for uneven bars final, taking 6th place amongst the best young girls in the Country. Patrick Murphy, 15, also had an excellent competition, finishing 7th all around and taking a Bronze Medal on the parallel bars, continuing the rich tradition that the Cambridgeshire based Club has of producing medal winning gymnasts at all levels. Harry O' Driscoll also worked well across 6 apparatus finishing 28th all around in the under 16 age group.
Head Coach, Paul Hall, was pleased with the results:
'This weekend has proved that Huntingdon is still working hard to produce medals at national and international level and I am thrilled that Louis has shown that he is a serious contender for European Selection. With the World Championships happening in Glasgow later this year, and Rio just around the corner he has every opportunity to fight for selection and chase that elusive olympic gold medal, the only colour missing from an already impressive collection.'