Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games has seen further success for Team GB’s male gymnasts.
Having secured a bronze medal in the men’s team final earlier in the week, today saw Max Whitlock and Louis Smith competing in the pommel horse individual final.
Four years ago, Smith became the first British gymnast in 100 years to win an individual medal – bronze. Today saw Smith go even further to claim silver in an incredibly close battle with Hungarian Krisztian Berki. In the end, both competitors earned identical scores but the gold went to Berki due to his higher score for execution. An overjoyed Whitlock took the bronze medal, to the surprise of many.
The achievements further cement 2012 as the most successful Olympics ever for British gymnasts and come a day after an exceptional day for Team GB, having now won 16 gold medals, consolidating the home nation’s position on the medal table.
Elsewhere, Andy Murray beat Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in straight sets to win gold for Great Britain in the men’s singles competition of the tennis. Ben Ainslie also won the gold medal in the sailing at Weymouth, his fourth Olympic gold medal.