OLYMPIC UPDATE: Peterborough star Louis Smith on course for more medals

Louis Smith in action on the pommel horse at the Olympics in Rio.

Louis Smith in action on the pommel horse at the Olympics in Rio.

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Peterborough gymnastic star Louis Smith is on course to add to his three Olympic medals.

Smith, from Eye, delivered an impressive performance on the pommel horse, in qualifying in Rio yesterday, to reach the individual event final as well as help Great Britain into tomorrow’s (August 8) team final.

Smith will be one of the favourites for pommel horse gold after winning silver in last year’s World Championships. His main rival is likely to be GB team Max Whitlock who scored 15.800 in qualifying compared to Smith’s 15.700.

The individual apparatus final takes place next Sunday (August 14). Smith, a former Strictly Come Dancing winner, already has three Olympic medals - a bronze medal from Beijing, won in the pommel horse final, and a bronze and a silver from London - won in the team final and the pommel horse respectively.

In Beijing he was the first British male to win a gymnastic Olympics medal since 1908. He has also won a number of world, European and Commonwealth medals in the last nine years.

GB finished fifth in the team qualifying event to comfortably reach the final.

Smith said: “Well what can I say. I’m so proud of this team qualifying for team finals. And qualifying for my third Olympic pommel final feels incredible.”