Three-time Olympic medallist Smith set for Glasgow 2014

17 June 2014 / 16:14

Three-time Olympic medal winning gymnast Louis Smith admits this summer’s Commonwealth Games cannot come soon enough after his selection for Glasgow 2014 was made official.

Smith helped Britain claim an historic team bronze at London 2012 alongside Sam Oldham, Daniel Purvis, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock before taking silver on the pommel horse.

And Smith, who won pommel horse bronze at Beijing 2008, Oldham, Thomas and Whitlock have all been named on England’s artistic gymnastics team for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Fellow London 2012 Olympian Hannah Whelan also earns selection in the women’s artistic gymnastics team as does Lynne Hutchinson in the rhythmic discipline and Smith can’t wait.

“I’m over the moon to have been selected for the Commonwealth team,” said Smith, who took a break from the sport after London 2012 and won Commonwealth gold and bronze at Melbourne 2006.

“This is something I’ve worked so hard towards since the end of last year and it’s testament to my coach and everyone around me who have given me the support to get to this point.

“The Commonwealth Games is such an amazing competition and I can’t wait to be a part of it again. To have another chance to compete in a major championships on home soil is something I’m really looking forward to.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be competing at the top again, to be joining the boys as part of the team again, and I can’t wait to get back out there and represent Team England at the Games.”

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