Louis Smith takes gold in Germany

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  Louis Smith continued on his road to Rio in fine form this weekend by taking gold in the prestigious Cottbus World Cup held in Germany on Saturday.  The Grand Prix event is a major test on the world gymnastics circuit and this years' competition saw the best athletes from over 40 countries doing battle on the six apparatus that make up the men's programme. 

   Smith, 26, took gold on pommel horse with a score of 15.1, beating world medallist Oleg Verniaev into 2nd place, with Daniel Corral of Mexico and Saso Bertoncelj of Slovenia tying for bronze.  Already a triple Olympic medallist, Smith was happy with his result and preparations for what he hopes will lead to selection for his third Olympic Games:

  'It was good to win in Cottbus and shows that my preparations for Rio are heading in the right direction.  I still have some fitness to gain and am looking forward to sharpening my routine further in the coming months, ready for the Games in the summer.'

  Smith competes in the British Championships in Liverpool next weekend, and then hopes to gain selection to the GB team for the European Championships to be held in Switzerland at the end of May.  Final selections for the GB gymnastics Team for Rio will be announced at the beginning of July, with every result from now on being closely scrutinised by the Britsh Gymnastics Technical Panel.