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'I should have won gold' Olympic medallist Smith calls for change in scoring.

LOUIS SMITH has called for a change in the gymnastics points scoring system after he missed out on an Olympic gold medal he believes he should have won.

The 23-year-old, a teammate of Crosby's Daniel Purvis, scored the same as arch-rival Krisztian Berki of Hungary in the pommel horse final at London 2012 but was demoted to the silver medal position after a tie-break ruled in his opponent's favour due to his higher execution score.

Smith and double pommel horse world champion Berki both scored 16.066, but the British gymnast believes he should have been crowned Olympic champion as his routine was technically more difficult.

"I think I should have won the gold and he should have won the silver," Smith said.

"I don't care about sharing medals. My routine was harder and there was more risk involved so I think it should have gone in my favour.

"When the code changed from being scored out of 10 to being scored higher it was supposed to encourage more difficult and more flamboyant routines, so to be penalised for that in the end doesn't make sense.

"I think that needs to be re-looked at, and if they do, hopefully get me a gold.

"If someone has a harder start score it means they are putting more into their routine to make it more exciting and that should be rewarded."

However Smith, who revealed he is unlikely to compete at the next Games in Rio, believes Britain will continue their success in gymnastics after their four-medal haul in London - his pommel horse silver, Max Whitlock's bronze on the same apparatus, uneven bars bronze for City of Liverpool star Beth Tweddle and a team bronze for Purvis and the rest of the men's team.

Britain boasts several talented juniors who look set to follow Whitlock and team-mate Sam Oldham up through the ranks and into the senior team.

Liverpool's Frank Baines is reigning European junior all-around champion and he won the title ahead of fellow Briton Nile Wilson, with Courtney Tulloch also crowned junior European rings champion last year.


HEAD OVER HEELS: Louis Smith in action during the Olympics
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2012
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