Smith unsure over Rio Games

31 July 2012 / 12:49

Great Britain gymnast Louis Smith is still revelling in Monday's Olympic bronze medal-winning success but revealed London might be his last Games.

The 23-year-old was part of the five-man team who wrote their place in the history books when they claimed Britain's first men's team Olympic medal in a century in a dramatic day at the North Greenwich Arena.

Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas scored a total of 271.711 as they produced a stunning team performance which exceeded all expectations ahead of the competition.

They had initially been awarded silver but a successful appeal by the Japanese team saw their marks increased and they moved to second, pushing Team GB down to third and leaving the Ukraine empty-handed by dropping to fourth as China won gold.

"We're very ecstatic about what we've done. We've overcome a lot of people thinking we couldn't do it," Smith told ITV's Daybreak. "We went out there, we had fun and we became Olympic bronze medallists.

"I don't know if I'll be there in four years' time, but I'm sure some of these young ones will be. In four years' time, I'll be 27 - I want kids by then."

Oldham and Whitlock, both 19, along with 20-year-old Purvis look set to keep Britain's gymnastics revival growing apace. A decade ago Britain were nowhere near the powerhouses of China, Japan and Russia and were ranked 23rd in the world.

Now, they have won Olympic bronze, adding to the European team gold they claimed earlier this year. Liverpool-born gymnast Purvis, who will compete in Wednesday's individual all-around event alongside Thomas, hailed his team-mates following their achievement.

"There was always an outside chance of us getting a medal, especially with this team of boys - it's like a wolf pack really," Purvis said. "After this I think I'm just going to try and enjoy the all-around more.

"There's the possibility of a medal there as well but now I've got one here it will hopefully affect my performance in a better way and make me more relaxed."