Peterborough star Louis Smith looks set for third Olympic final

Peterborough gymnastic star Louis Smith looks to have eased his way into his third Olympic final after impressing in pommel horse qualifying.

Saturday, 6th August 2016, 7:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:33 pm
Great Britain's Louis Smith during the team announcement at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 12, 2016. See PA story GYMNASTICS Olympics Team. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire GYMNASTICS_Olympics_Team_162061.

Louis, from Eye, is one of the favourites for pommel horse gold after winning silver in last year’s world championships. He scored 15.700 in qualifying this afternoon, and looked very impressive.

His main rival is likely to be fellow British star Max Whitlock, who claimed gold in last years world championships. Max scored 15.800

Louis is also likely to compete in the men’s team final on Monday night with his British team mates, before the individual final next Sunday.

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The 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.