Euros silver for Smith

27 May 2012 / 18:18

Great Britain enjoyed further success at the men's artistic gymnastics European Championships with a silver medal for Louis Smith on the pommel horse.

The 23-year-old, who won Olympic bronze on the same apparatus four years ago, produced a solid routine to score 15.775.

He led the competition until the final routine saw him pipped for the gold by great rival Kristian Berki (15.958).

Smith's medal adds to the historic title won in Saturday's senior team event, which was the first ever major championships team gold medal for Britain.

He said afterwards: "The week has been superb for British Gymnastics with the team title, so to add a silver to that wraps it up nicely.

"I went for my easier routine which was the sensible decision; I've proved this week I'm capable of big scores so it puts me in a confident mood going forward."

The junior team have also shone this week in Montpellier, and added to their team gold and all-round gold (Frank Baines) and silver (Nile Wilson) medals with three more apparatus titles.

Jay Thompson scored 14.000 to win the pommel horse, Courtney McCulloch claimed gold on the rings with an unbeatable 14.525, while Baines completed his impressive medal haul with the high bar title.