Smith back with a bang as he claims European pommel gold

18 April 2015 / 22:09

Louis Smith marked his return to the Great Britain team with a gold medal  at the European Gymnastic Championships.

The 25-year-old, who won Olympic silver in his last appearance for GB, scored 15.800 to dominate his rivals while Kristian Thomas won floor gold and Becky Downie took silver on the uneven bars, her sister Ellie missing bronze by just 0.1 points.

But recalling his routine, Smith insists he passed a self-imposed trial by putting on a dominant display in France.  

"It’s unbelievable I don't really know what to say. I was first up and had to stay composed which I did it's just brilliant,” said Smith.

“It was always a bit hit and miss as to whether I could come back and today for me was a trial for myself I was so nervous to win gold makes it all worth it - incredible."

Elsewhere, Claudia Fragapane finished sixth in the women’s vault final, Ellie Downie finishing one place ahead in fifth, while Courtney Tulloch came eighth in the men’s rings final.

The championships come to an end on Sunday with Thomas in the vault final, Fragapane and Becky Downie on bars, Amy Tinkler and Fragapane on floor and Thomas and Sam Oldham on the high bars.

But there is no doubt an overwhelmed Thomas will certainly be brimming with confidence. 

"It's amazing, I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “I’ve never won a floor medal at a major championships but I knew the routine I had was consistent and I was in contention.

“I was so nervous watching the other scores come in, to win gold is incredible."

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