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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith suspended for two months

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct, the governing body has announced in a statement.

It follows an incident when the Olympic medallist was filmed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson apparently mocking Islam and the video was posted on social media.

Louis Smith immediately apologised for the video.

"It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

"Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities."

– Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive

Peterborough gymnast Smith apologises for Twitter rant

Louis Smith had to settle for silver in Liverpool. Credit: PA

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has apologised for a rant he made on social media last week in which he criticised judges at the British Championships.

Smith was furious that the gold was awarded to Team GB Max Whitlock instead of him in the pommel.

British Gymnastics have since met with Smith and warned him about his future conduct.

After Sunday’s pommel final at the British Gymnastics Championships I aired my frustration, verbally and through social media because I genuinely thought I had performed the best routine of the day.

Having had time to cool off, and following conversations with British Gymnastics, who have helped me see the consequences of my actions, I realise the way that I expressed my feelings was wrong and it should never have happened.

I want to say sorry to my team mates; to my fans; to the judges involved; and to British Gymnastics for any offence caused. Being a gymnast can be difficult because the sport is subjective; coupled with that I am very driven, and passionate about the sport that I love.

None of that is meant to be an excuse for my behaviour, but I am human and I let my emotions get the better of me. My plan is to get back in to the gym to focus on the upcoming Europeans, and Olympics.

– Louis Smith


Whitlock makes history at World Championships to claim all-round silver

Max Whitlock has claimed all-round silver in the World Championships. Credit: PA

Commonwealth champion Max Whitlock has claimed all-round silver in the World Championships - equalling the best ever-finish for a British gymnast.

Whitlock, who trains at the South Essex Gym Club in Basildon, performed a brilliant final floor routine to seal second place in China.

The 21-year-old missed out on gold to the dominant Japanese athlete Kohei Uchimura, who recorded a score of 91.965.

Whitlock's performance matches the achievement of Northamptonshire's Dan Keatings, who claimed silver in 2009.

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith takes to Twitter to voice frustration over apparent European Champs snub

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has announced on Twitter that he's not been selected for the European Championships.

The 25-year-old resumed his career earlier this year after taking a break following the Olympic Games in London.

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Huntingdon gymnasts take gold on two continents

Louis Smith takes gold in Seoul ahead of rival Kristian Berki (left) Credit: Huntingdon Gymnastics Club

It was a busy Easter weekend for Olympic Gymnasts Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings, with each travelling to different Continents as part of their European and Commonwealth selection campaign.

Triple Olympic medallist Smith travelled to Seoul, South Korea to compete in the prestigious World Cup event, while Keatings made the journey to Brazil as part of a 4 man GB squad in a team event in San Paolo.

Smith receiving his medal in Seoul Credit: Huntingdon Gymnastics Club

Smith, 24, was representing Great Britain for the first time since his London final, and beat arch rival and 2012 champion Kristian Berki of Hungary to te gold medal.

Speaking after the event, Smith said;

“I'm very pleased with my performance today after over 18 months out of international competition. I've now scored some of the highest marks on pommels at 3 consecutive events and it feels good to be able to fight for medals with some of the best in the World.”

Keatings, 23, was also in fine form, helping the GB team to Gold in front of Brazil, as well as finishing second all around and taking gold on both pommel horse and parallel bars.

The Huntingdon gymnasts must now wait for selection announcements for the European Championships to be held in Bulgaria in May, as well as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the summer.

Cambridgeshire gymnast Louis Smith announces Commonwealth Games comeback

Louis Smith has announced that he wants to compete at this summer's Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

Three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith has announced that he is to return to full time training in a bid to compete for England at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Peterborough-born gymnast hasn't competed since winning individual sliver on the pommel horse at London 2012.

Louis Smith won individual sliver on the pommel horse at London 2012. Credit: PA

24-year-old Smith had taken a break from the sport to try his hand at other activities, but he has now decided that the time is right to make a comeback.

“I always said that everything that I was working on was geared towards 2012 and when I achieved what I did at the London Olympics, within myself I believed that I had taken part in my last ever competition in the sport," he told the British Gymnastics website.

“However, recently my feelings have started to change. I loved commentating at the World Championships in October, however there was a large part of me that felt I should be competing.

"I know what I’m still capable of when I’m in peak condition. I believe I can very much compete amongst the best in the world and challenge for medals.”

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