Great Britain pair win gold at gymnastics test event

GREAT BRITAIN duo Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis both struck gold in the individual apparatus finals at the London Prepares gymnastics test event last night.

Competing at the North Greenwich Arena, Smith took first place in the pommel horse, ahead of team-mate Max Whitlock who took silver, while Purvis took the floor title ahead of fellow Brit, Kristian Thomas in third.

Britain’s Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis won gold in tonight’s individual apparatus finals at the London Prepares gymnastics test event at the North Greenwich arena.

Smith produced a stunning pommel horse routine to take first place ahead of team-mate Max Whitlock who took silver, while Purvis came joint first in the floor final ahead of fellow Briton Kristian Thomas in third.

“It probably was one of my cleanest routines,” Smith said. “I don’t know how I did it with the preparation which was a bit stop and start.

“I think I’ve gained a lot of experience in the past couple of years and I think it showed there. I really had to concentrate tonight with the added pressure of home advantage but it went really well. I’m pleased.

“The best option would be to do the easiest routine. I think it was the right option to do the safe routine. It’s just about doing a nice clean routine and proving I’m going in the right direction for the Olympic Games.

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“The crowd got behind me and Max and it was really nice to be able to do that routine under that type of pressure knowing the Olympics is going to be here in six months.”

Purvis finished seventh in the rings final, while Rebecca Tunney finished sixth in the uneven bars final with a score of 14.266.

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