Smith may chase gold in Rio

06 August 2012 / 07:37

Britain's Louis Smith could be prepared to go back on his word and set his sights on winning gold in Rio after he was beaten to the Olympic pommel horse crown by arch-rival Krisztian Berki.

Smith won silver in Sunday's final after he watched the gold slip through his fingers when he posted the same score as the Hungarian double world champion, 16.066, with Berki taking the Olympic title on a tie-break due to a marginally higher execution mark. After the men's five won team bronze last week, Smith told ITV's Daybreak that London could be his last Games.

However, following his silver medal result in the tightest of circumstances, the 23-year-old admitted he could still try to win Olympic gold one final time. Smith said: "There's so many things up in the air. I'd love to settle down and have kids and do the other route of life but at the same time gold is the only medal not in my collection from the Olympic Games."

He added: "But then you've got juniors coming through, keeping me on my toes. Have they got room for just a pommel horse specialist? Are they going to push for more team medals so it will be tough.

"I feel like I'm at my peak. It all depends on what Krisztian's doing. If he finishes then I can be top dog for once so I've got a lot of things to think about."

Berki, 27, is unlikely to participate at the Rio Games as gymnastics is a young persons' sport, but whether Smith decides to compete again or not, he remains happy with what he has achieved at his home Games.

Smith said: "I've got a silver medal, I've got my third Olympic medal and all those years ago I didn't think I would go to an Olympic Games and get three medals so I'm very happy right now.

"It's tough to stand there waiting for the score. I'd done probably one of the best routines I had done in my life so it was tough waiting for the score. I'd been bumped down from second to third in Beijing so I'm used to being bumped down at the Games now.

"Krisztian held his nerve, and to come second to the best pommel horse competitor the world has ever seen, I'm a happy guy."