Smith settles for silver
August 05, 2012 17:17:57 UK
Lewis Smith narrowly missed out on a gold medal on the pommel horse to Hungary's Krisztian Berki, while his Team GB team-mate Max Whitlock picked up the bronze medal.
The 23-year-old, Smith, who picked up silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was favourite to strike gold in the North Greenwich Arena. But he missed out by the finest of margins after his overall score of 16.066 was tied with Berki, who subsequently secured the gold for a fractionally higher execution score.
It is unfortunate for Smith as when scores are level in gymnastics, the mark awarded for execution is counted first to break the tie and Smith's was 9.066 compared to Berki's 9.166.
Had the difficulty score been taken into account first then Smith on 7.0 would have won ahead of Berki's 6.9.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Whitlock scored an excellent 15.600 on his Olympic debut to finish third as Great Britain added two more medals to their tally.
Team GB are 5.50 to win no gold medals on Monday and 7.00 to win three or more.
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