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Louis Smith takes Pommel Gold in Europe

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Huntingdon gymnast and triple Olympic medallist Louis Smith bounced back to the forefront of gymnastics elite with a superb win at the Men's European Gymnastics Championships in Montpelier, France last weekend.  The 25 year old Peterborough based athlete qualified on Friday before going first of 8 in a tense final that showcased the elite of European Pommel Horse exponents.  His routine was the most difficult on show and scored 15.8, some 4 tenths above the silver medallist, Merdinyan of Armenia, with Busnari of Italy taking bronze. 

The result means that Smith becomes European Champion on this event for the first time in a long career that saw him win the Junior title 11 years ago in Slovenia, and is all the more remarkable as it his first GB representation at a major manifestation since the London Olympics in 2012.  Head Coach at Huntingdon Gym, Paul Hall, commented on the result: 'I'm so pleased for Louis, he has worked incredibly hard to get back to a level of fitness that has seen him show a routine that was comparable to his 2012 performance.  He will now focus on the difficult task of trying to gain selection for World Championships and Olympics next year- this result goes a long way to showing that he can still win medals at major events’.