BBC Two: Day 9: 1.50-4.30 Olympics


BBC Two: Day 9: 1.50-4.30

Coverage of gymnastics, featuring the men's floor exercise final, women's vault final and men's pommel horse final. Commentary by Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.


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Hello, welcome to an afternoon of gymnastics from the North Greenwich

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Arena. We have had a couple of days off, but today is about the

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individual apparatus finals. Behind me, we have got the floor and the

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men's pommel horse and the women's fault. It is all about the

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specialists. Louis Smith has been all over the news. Can he do what

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seems to be the impossible? No British gymnast has ever across any

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of the gymnastic events got a gold medal at the Olympic Games,

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including artistic gymnastics, trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics,

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all of the different events. Over the last few days, British gymnasts

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have done wonders for British Gymnastics, really putting it on

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the map, not least the men, they got the first team medal the men

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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the job! Look at the reaction in A massive fruiting. Surely, a

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massive score. A very solid from Daniel Purvis. Printed on home,

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young man. This is down to you. That is just what was needed!

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It was just the most unbelievable competition to witness, and to have

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the privilege of commentating on. There is the strangest atmosphere,

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everybody is hoping that that bronze-medal can help Louis Smith

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to was the Olympic Cauldon. It is an emotional time for everybody

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involved, not least his mother. This could shape up to be the

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biggest day in Louis Smith's life, he is bound to be feeling the

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nerves. That is your little boy, he could make history today. At the

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moment, I am feeling really good. But in a little while, I will be

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really nervous, when I see him in there and it is nearly his turn to

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get on the pommel horse, I will be feeling it. How are you during his

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routine? I am really nervous, I feel sorry for the person sitting

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next to me, because my legs and hands are going! It was really

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scary. I will be really scared. Does he realise how massive this

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is? Yes. But I think he probably will not be thinking about that, he

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will be thinking about going out and doing what he is trained to do.

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He has dreamed about being an Olympic champion ever since he was

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a little boy. Have you treat about it? Yes. I have seen how hard he

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has worked and the effort he has put in and the sacrifices he has

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made. I just really wanted for him, so badly. He deserves it. I will

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love him if anything goes wrong still the same. He is a lovely boy.

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But he has worked really hard for this. I really hope he gets it.

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Fingers crossed dreams come true by the end of the day. You will do him

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proud, because he is very particular about how are you appear

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on camera. He does not like to see me shiny, because of HDTV!

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How is he feeling? I saw him this morning, he is feeling good, a

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relaxed. He is looking forward to it. Last Monday took a bit of the

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pressure off, he has been working for this for four years, so he will

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be nervous, but he will enjoy the experience. How is life with that

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Olympic bronze medal? It is so hard to believe. Every night, you think

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about that moment when it came up on the scoreboard. It is fantastic,

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there is such a buzz around the team. There are quite a few options

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for Le Reece Smith, depending what happens with the other competitors.

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They will have a look. Talk us through the different options.

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starts his routine with a handstand. Then, he goes straight into the

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other handstands. That is quite a difficult part. Then, a flop

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sequence, he has been doing this for 10 years. It is quite hard up.

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It is very hard when you are nervous to keep your legs together.

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Then, the spindle. This is where he split his legs in Beijing, but it

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has been solid in the last few years. Hopefully, that will not be

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a problem today. He has been given the Troubles since he was 10 years

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old. Finishing off with the dismount. He is in eighth position,

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which is really good, in a final. You can see what work he is going

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to do, and make a decision on what routine he is going to do. Produce

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surprised to see him in that emotional state of mind, with all

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of his tears, and how it affected him? A little bit. One minute, we

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were happy, the next minute, he burst into tears, but it is the

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emotion over the years, thereby so much pressure on him. Fair play to

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him. So much respect to the guy. It is unexpected that he cried, but it

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shows BOP this means to him. would have helped him if the final

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was closer to the qualification, because you do not want the

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thoughts to dawn on you. You want to stay relaxed. He listens to

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reggae to keep calm! As we were getting ready, his music was

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blasting. The whole of our apartment was shaking. He likes to

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keep relaxed, that is his normal routine. At the end of the day, it

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is just another routine. The situation is on an incredible scale,

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there is pressure on, but he has done this so many times, if he can

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keep focused and treated as another routine, hopefully he will go

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through. We will talk more as the final get closer, but first, it is

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the men's floor. Daniel Purvis, very well qualified to talk about

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this. It is interesting how you can use the area. There are two schools,

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the execution and the difficulty, and you can build the difficulty in

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two ways. Denis Ablyazin uses a different technique from Kai Zou.

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Look at the power that Denis Ablyazin can put in. How difficult

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is it to contain all of that power within that Square? Like you saw

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them, he is pretty special, he can do seven tumbles in a routine. It

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is amazing. It is going to be a really good final, a lot of good

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gymnasts. It is worth a mention that Kristian Thomas was the second

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reserve. He did a great routine in qualifying. His routine again in

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the team final was incredible, and he got better in the all-arounder.

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We have had great for workers. Right across the board, British

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Gymnastics is on a high. What do you put it down to? How are you

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competing at this level? It is a combination of a lot of things. We

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have got the right set-up, the coaching is amazing. We have been

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training together since... I have known them since I was eight years

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old. We are almost like family. We meet once or twice a month, so we

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are 18. The whole system, the medical system, the whole of

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British Gymnastics has improved over the last few years, and that

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has shown. We are just going down the line-up. Co height Roger Moore

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Road, Kai Zou, Denis Ablyazin. This is Flavius Koczi. He is the third

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highest qualifier. What about the next lap, Alexander Shatilov. He is

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enormous. I have competed against him, his consistency is amazing.

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Spectacular. He is a bit taller, he looks more graceful. He has a

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really good chance. Jacob Dalton and Marcel Nguyen. The seventh

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highest qualifier. Tomas Gonzalez- Sepulveda is worth a mention. A

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high skill level to get to this Olympic final. We are in for a

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treat. Cowhide Roger Moore has not looked as polished as normal.

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not his normal consistency, I do not know if it is because of the

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Olympic Games. He turned it on for the all-around final. But at the

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same time, I am sure he will perform today. We can hand to the

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commentary box. I will hot-footed there. We will be there for the

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first gymnast, the Japanese. The three-times world champion. He is

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the current world champion on the off. Who better? Hatred poor all-

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around world champion, the veining floor champion. -- triple world

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champion. He finished fifth place in Beijing, he will want to do

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better here. He has some tremendous work. No warm-up, they come

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straight out and perform. Will he do a big scale? Very nice, 3 1/2,

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into a half twist. It is an awful long way round. A great start. Two

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and a half twists. He is going well. There is a snap that was not there

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earlier in the week, he has found something special. Twisting his way

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to a very good routine. The triple Russian. They are very fond of

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that has not been there so far. One and a half twists. So far, he is

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very much in control. A triple twist, which is absolutely nailed.

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A fantastic start. He is back on song. He looks a bit calmer.

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Perhaps the weight of the gold was on his shoulders in the all-

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arounder. You would not have expected, the world champion,

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unbeaten since the last Olympics, it was considered he would stroll

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through this, but you are right, he looks like his confidence has come

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back, something that was lacking in the first couple of competitions.

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commission and performance. The twisting was immaculate. He has got

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more stuff in the locker as well. This was a very strong bid for a

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medal. It is interesting, at the World Championships at the end of

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2011, we saw him giving a multiple somersaults with multiple twists, a

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double straight with double twist, but here, he has not used any more

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to pull somersaults, he has built this routine about twisting, and

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what a fabulous triple twist to finish. This will be the benchmark,

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it will be a tough Scot to beat. He was the second-highest Wall of Fire.

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-- second highest qualifier. That beat him, it is this one. He scored

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15.833 in qualification. A double really is sticking his feet to that

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carpet. He just rockets round. He beautiful technique. Fantastic!

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Double twisting, double tuck to finish. He has risen to the

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challenge. I think he has got more difficulty as well. This will be

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very interesting. It will be close. And he is such a sparky little

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character. China won the team, but they did not have a gymnast qualify

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for the all-around. They have had eight he medal, but they have not

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had any individual medals. He was rocking on his heels a little bit,

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but he disguised it very nicely. What sets this routine apart is he

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shows a difference of more than one type of skill. He twists, but he

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also does very difficult multiple somersaults. That for me makes it a

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more interesting routine Dan Kohei Uchimura's. In my book he is the

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better floor worker on this day. is a huge score. They agreed with

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us. They gave him those extra as Kai Zou, two point nine. He is

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incredibly explicit. That big step forward will be very costly. That

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was fantastic. He is so dynamic as is right up there. Massive work and

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he keeps it going. He is working so fast and he crams another tumble in.

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He is a really exciting gymnast, I enjoy his work a lot. It is

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remarkably entertaining to watch. They are a very different styles.

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In terms of energy it was unbelievable how much he got into

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that routine with some superb work. It is more exciting than the other

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two, because he packs so much in, but it was not as accurate. That is

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the interesting thing of why this new scoring came in. People wanted

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this to be given more value and that is why you are seeing scores

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out of 16. He has gone for difficulty and it was exciting.

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is exciting, but the judging system did that more than a towards. The

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deduction for a step out ways the points for difficulty. I do not

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know where he has got that energy from. He is a very exciting gymnast.

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Down on execution. When it is tied, it goes on execution. But he went

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for broke. Flavius Koczi is a good twister. Another big twisting

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tumble, but it is crucial to break out of the twist at the right

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moment. Shows good balance on the fingers. Lovely extension through

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front with a half turn. They wrap these twists in so early. That gave

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himself a bit of a breather. Eight triple twist and he does it so

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easily. That is so full of complex twisting and tumbling, but no

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multiple somersaults, and that shows a slight lack of versatility.

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He is a twisting genius. He will be on the bald a little bit later, but

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not here today. -- vault. Again, not as accurate, but he loves to

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twist. He really went for that. Look at the effort, keep your head

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spinning and hope that your shoulders and hips follow and on

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this occasion they did. difficulty was 6.7 and his routine

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will be marked out of 16.7. And he scores 15.1. That puts him into 4th.

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Quite low on execution. The 5th gymnast is from Israel, Alexander

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Shatilov, 25 years old. The first Israeli gymnast ever to make the

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Olympics. And look at the way he handles this. Beautifully done at

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harp twists out. He is a poor man and he relies on twisting. -- tall

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That was complex. A full twist in the double. A full twist doubled to

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finish. What do we think? What a story it could be. He needs over

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15.8 to get into that top three. And it is a pretty exclusive club.

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A really wonderful group of routines. A different technique.

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That was into a double pike with two twists in, a different

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technique to many of the other gymnasts, but he is much taller and

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he has to adapt the gymnastics to suit him. But he had one deduction.

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The judges like to see the front of the Test up on the landing and see

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the front of the leotard and see the emblem on the leotard. There

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was another landing that was low as he came in. He showed the effort in

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making those rotations. A really big effort for a big man. He had a

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bronze at the World Championships on the floor last year. He is

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certainly capable. It is just the difficulty of the gymnasts that

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went before it was so high. That is quite remarkable. There is the

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leader. Three gymnasts to go. This lad can entertain on floor, Jacob

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Dalton. He is the USA floor champion. He got into the final at

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the world championships last year. USA were very disappointed with

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their performance in the team final. He will be desperate to get some

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medals here. I loved that tumble. He has got very nice lines. And he

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holds his body beautifully straight. He just did not absorb that landing.

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After all that explosive work he has to calm himself down. A

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beautiful extension right through twisting front. He had no landing

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penalties. A triple twist, a beautiful landing. That was a

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really excellent floor routine. Lots of variety and control, but

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there was one step in it that will be costly. To get into the top

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three for a bronze you need 15.8. fabulous floor worker. The half

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turn is very difficult to do. On that occasion he bounced back, but

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stayed in control, very good awareness. That will be expensive

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at this level. One of the nicest techniques we have seen on the

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triple. A lot of them wrap it in very early, which makes it

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efficient, but very scrappy. this one had so much time. That was

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one of the best triples I have seen in this competition. He qualified

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with the fourth-highest score. This is a good floor final. Exciting

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unbelievable. Denis Ablyazin, 20 years or, what does the future hold

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for him? He is also in giving us final as well as the fault. We have

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had two scores the St out of the four. Marcel Nguyen. This is a

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first for him, I have never seen him in a major flaw final. He got

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the all round silver. This is the first time for him in a major flaw

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final. He has to settle there. The pace is the difference at this

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higher level of competition. But he is a super gymnast, all round is

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his forte and the parallel bars, but he is making a good show of it.

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beautiful style. He is of fairly was on his feet, but he took a step

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forward on the disband. But he gave it the best shot. It is so

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difficult when you see the deduction come, you know they will

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not threaten the top three. It will be difficult for anybody to catch

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Kai Zou. Marcel and when is one of the few gymnasts that has done the

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qualification, the team final, the individual all-around. This is his

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fourth competition of this championships. In the individual or

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a round, he excelled to take a medal. He looked weary today. Some

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of these gymnasts only competed in qualification. They did their

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qualifying and they have had a rest, and this is their first, or second

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appearance. This looked tired. double twist at the start. You can

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forgive him, but he was a little bit jaded. He has had a fabulous

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championships. The German team have been a bit up-and-down, but he has

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held them together. He has emerged from the German team as their most

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consistent, sparkling performance. Kohei Uchimura is smiling, the

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relaxation is there. Kohei Uchimura and the qualified for one final,

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that is the problem if you do not work well. But others belted in on

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the first day and they have made a couple of finals. His coach, he

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should have been world champion in third place is because of the

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difference in executions call between him and Kohei Uchimura.

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Tomas Gonzalez-Sepulveda. He has made the world for final twice. He

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is a powerful lad. A real superstar. They look anxiously, they know that

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he could upset the standings. Snooze. -- smooth. Everything looks

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easy, great precision. He is showing us how supple and strong he

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is. How much control. Neatly choreographed, not too long in the

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corners. Very nice. He did not get the feeling of the floor hitting

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him that time. Not quite so wonderful on the next one, but not

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a big deduction. He has kept moving throughout the exercise. This is

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very important. A triple twist, he held back a bit. He did not get all

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the way around? There will be a bit of a deduction, which is a great

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shame. What a story for Kai Zou, he came here to retain his title, and

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he has done it. He has. But Tomas Gonzalez-Sepulveda is a good

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gymnast, and it took that final tumble to put him out of contention.

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He was looking so good. He had a skip to the side earlier on. Won

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eight of a twist lacking. That gave the judges' room for another

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reduction. Tomas Gonzalez-Sepulveda will not break in if the two judges

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do their job. But he is so impressive on the floor. Strong, he

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pulls hard from the flick. Double twisting, a good opener. A tiny

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shuffle of the feet, but he was pretty good all the way through. He

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would have put your money on him breaking into the medals. But he

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did not come around. The left leg stop at the twist being completed.

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A strange selection of skills, he is so naturally able to tumble the

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vocational skills, I would have expected him to finish with a

:37:22.:37:31.

double somersault. The judges are not feeling it is as cut and dried

:37:31.:37:38.

as all that. A great moment for a gymnast from Chile to be here,

:37:38.:37:47.

fighting it out. The gymnasts are anxiously looking on. Nobody is

:37:47.:37:57.
:37:57.:37:58.

sure until they see it in writing. Tomas Gonzalez-Sepulveda with a 6.5

:37:58.:38:03.

difficulty, he is just outside the medals. Again, the Olympic champion,

:38:03.:38:09.

Kai Zou. A tremendous performance, and he pulled out something special

:38:09.:38:14.

today. It is quite a feat to be a double Olympic champion in

:38:14.:38:18.

gymnastics on the same piece of apparatus. Four years is a long

:38:18.:38:28.

time. Absolutely. He was the baby on the team back in Beijing. Kohei

:38:28.:38:32.

Uchimura gets a silver medal to go with his silver medal in the team

:38:32.:38:38.

competition. It is good to see him back on song. But I love this guy,

:38:38.:38:43.

Denis Ablyazin. Give him a gold medal for energy. Indeed. He looks

:38:43.:38:49.

delighted with a bronze medal. He was 0.4 down on that routine in

:38:49.:38:55.

qualification. He has pulled it out of the back. Russia's first medal

:38:55.:39:02.

in the men's gymnastics. They fell away in the team competition. They

:39:02.:39:06.

did not pose a strong thread in the individual or the round. It is

:39:06.:39:11.

their first medal, and very significant. That was a great final.

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It was. That is the first of the three finals. Great Britain's Louis

:39:18.:39:22.

Smith will be out here very shortly on the pommel horse. It makes us

:39:22.:39:28.

all feel nervous! All of these gymnasts have come out, it is just

:39:28.:39:37.

one piece of apparatus, and all eyes are on them. There is a lot of

:39:37.:39:42.

gymnastics going on beforehand, and you do not feel so exposed. It is

:39:42.:39:45.

unbelievable, how well the gymnasts are performing. This is the

:39:45.:39:49.

showcase, these are the guys that come through as the specialists,

:39:49.:39:54.

but a lot of them are all-arounders. When you come into this arena, you

:39:54.:39:58.

want to show off in the best possible way. They did that. That

:39:58.:40:04.

was a great final. It is heaving in here. From the bottom, all the way

:40:04.:40:10.

to the rafters. There are the three medallists, Kohei Uchimura takes

:40:10.:40:16.

the silver medal. That is a great reaction from Denis Ablyazin, he is

:40:16.:40:20.

delighted, and he is part of the new wave of Russians, more relaxed

:40:20.:40:28.

and friendly. Kai Zou has done it again. Everybody love in this arena.

:40:28.:40:33.

Having chatted to a few people who have come to watch for the first

:40:33.:40:37.

time, one of the things they have said, there is so much current one,

:40:37.:40:42.

you do not know where to watch. They will enjoy this one piece at a

:40:42.:40:50.

time, because they can focus their whole attention on it. Kai Zou

:40:50.:41:00.
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retains his Olympic title on the floor. He looks a lot more relaxed,

:41:01.:41:10.

Kohei Uchimura. Absolutely. Three consecutive world titles, you are

:41:10.:41:15.

entitled to be relaxed! It was amazing, how effective he was by

:41:15.:41:19.

the pressure. You would not have expected it. He comes over as they

:41:19.:41:26.

called Guy, nothing ruffles him, and he had been so dominant, it had

:41:26.:41:31.

not looked as though anybody was close to him, but there was a big

:41:31.:41:40.

burden to carry. The point on how much it Denis Ablyazin is

:41:40.:41:43.

celebrating, it is a different style of gymnastics. Yes, it is

:41:43.:41:53.
:41:53.:42:15.

another look at the spinning genius that is Kai Zou. There he goes.

:42:15.:42:19.

Phenomenal awareness. He pulled something extra out today. A super

:42:19.:42:28.

landing. The very difficult skills. He rotates really well. Two-and-a-

:42:28.:42:37.

half twists, easily done. He has found something as well. They all

:42:37.:42:45.

did today. In qualification, it seems like a long time ago, we were

:42:45.:42:51.

really disappointed by the Chinese, it did not seem to be there. And

:42:51.:43:01.
:43:01.:43:01.

suddenly, in the finals, band. have nobody in the order round, he

:43:01.:43:06.

did not even get in the top 24. It was not a convincing Chinese

:43:06.:43:15.

performance. The first date is the qualification for here. Even though

:43:15.:43:18.

they won the second competition, they had lost their opportunity for

:43:18.:43:24.

some of the finals. That is typical of China, you can read nothing.

:43:24.:43:30.

They went into the team final, and I had thought, well they even get a

:43:30.:43:39.

bronze medal? To do what they did... You can see that Kai Zou carried

:43:39.:43:45.

that on. He saved his best for when it really mattered. The Olympic

:43:45.:43:50.

champion. He will be looking to retain the title. This is the first

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of three finals this afternoon. The next is the women's floor. There

:43:55.:44:00.

are some real characters in this. We have got to talk about Oksana

:44:00.:44:10.
:44:10.:44:12.

Chusovitina. Her first Olympics in 1992, she phenomenal. Here she is

:44:12.:44:17.

in 1992. Look at her there! She has not changed a bit! Different

:44:17.:44:26.

haircut! A different type of fault! Very different. I first saw her in

:44:26.:44:31.

1991, when she emerged in the world championship. It is a super style,

:44:31.:44:37.

she holds her body shape. But to still be there are over 20 years of

:44:37.:44:44.

competing, that is phenomenal. a wonderful, inspiring story. She

:44:44.:44:47.

originally competed for Uzbekistan, then moved to Germany because her

:44:47.:44:52.

son got leukaemia and she moved for the treatment, and now she is part

:44:52.:45:00.

of the Uzbekistan coaching team. is a great story. Could she get a

:45:00.:45:10.
:45:10.:45:10.

medal? It would be Super, but there are some great falters. There are.

:45:10.:45:20.
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But I do think she could, actually. Kyle Amor Rowney. This is probably

:45:22.:45:27.

the best that you have seen. -- McKayla Maroney. You can be sure

:45:27.:45:32.

that all of the coaches around the world have this on their slow-

:45:32.:45:36.

motion, analysing how she achieves it. It is unbelievable, she is so

:45:36.:45:46.
:45:46.:46:01.

interesting thing about calling it a launch pad, now it is a metre

:46:01.:46:07.

square. And it has opened up much greater possibilities. When you

:46:07.:46:11.

used to flick on to the small Bolt, the biggest worry was that them at

:46:11.:46:16.

missing the their hands. Now it is a big platform and it is sprung as

:46:16.:46:20.

well. If you hit with the right amount of momentum in the right

:46:20.:46:27.

shape, you can launch yourself and Mckayla Maroney does. Thinking of

:46:27.:46:37.

the days with a wooden box and a springboard in the gym! This event

:46:37.:46:42.

is contested by both men and women. The only difference is the height.

:46:42.:46:48.

The women's is 10 centimetres lower. The runway length is the same for

:46:48.:46:58.
:46:58.:46:59.

everyone. Gymnasts reach speeds of up to 20 miles an hour, hitting the

:46:59.:47:03.

springboard of just 0.1 second before the pre-flight on to the

:47:03.:47:09.

Bolt. The more somersaults, twists and turns in the second flight, the

:47:09.:47:18.

higher the possible score. There are 100 recognised mousse, but this

:47:18.:47:28.
:47:28.:47:30.

is the most popular when gymnasts perform a back sprint entry. This

:47:30.:47:40.
:47:40.:47:51.

No excuse, get into the gym. Get that table up to the right height.

:47:51.:48:00.

You were talking about boxes and springboards. We had something that

:48:00.:48:07.

hurt you four feet. Was it stuffed with horsehair? Yes, it was and I

:48:07.:48:12.

used to feed it regularly. We had a teacher and you were a start if you

:48:12.:48:16.

got over it and a donkey if you did not. That is what it was like in

:48:17.:48:23.

those days. If you did not, you went into the corner. What you will

:48:23.:48:33.
:48:33.:48:35.

see is the gymnasts will do two vaults. If you go on the normal

:48:35.:48:40.

style flipping on with a backwards entry, the next one has to be a

:48:40.:48:46.

forwards entries. Difficulty is also going to be the key here. You

:48:46.:48:51.

have got difficulty and execution, but the average is taken.

:48:51.:49:01.
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gymnast with the two difficult vaults will be a tan vantage.

:49:04.:49:09.

are waiting for the boys to come out to receive their medals before

:49:09.:49:19.
:49:19.:49:29.

we can move on. Back into this packed arena as the gymnasts re-

:49:29.:49:35.

enter. Kai Zou is to receive another Olympic gold medal. He got

:49:36.:49:45.
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the team gold a few days ago. I am so pleased to see Denis Ablyazin.

:49:46.:49:51.

He is in the forefront of the Russian Revolution. They have got

:49:51.:50:01.
:50:01.:50:02.

some fantastic gymnasts. They have this groundwork now. The Russian

:50:02.:50:06.

system of producing gymnasts for years and years has been in their

:50:06.:50:11.

educational programme. Every gymnast has wonderful basic

:50:11.:50:15.

technique and they are taught correctly from the word go. When

:50:15.:50:20.

the Soviet Union broke up many of the great coaches went to the west

:50:20.:50:24.

and earned their living in other countries, but quite a lot of

:50:24.:50:29.

coaches are starting to filter back into their homeland. It always

:50:29.:50:33.

seems great to travel, but there is nowhere like home. A lot of coaches

:50:33.:50:38.

are going back to Russia and they are working with the youngsters and

:50:38.:50:42.

rebuilding. We are seeing a team that is coming back, but a team

:50:42.:50:47.

that is doing it because it is what they want in a different style to

:50:47.:50:57.
:50:57.:51:34.

the Russian teams of old. What a The first of the three medal

:51:34.:51:39.

ceremonies this afternoon. First the men's floor, then the women's

:51:39.:51:43.

vault, and then all eyes will be focused on the pommel horse and

:51:43.:51:53.
:51:53.:51:54.

Britain's Louis Smith. No doubt he is less into reggae at the moment.

:51:54.:52:02.

The bronze medal in the men's four final goes to Denis Ablyazin. 15.8.

:52:02.:52:08.

The same score as a gymnast who got the silver, but his executions core

:52:08.:52:18.
:52:18.:52:18.

was slightly lower. He will be happy with that. You can say that.

:52:18.:52:24.

A word again on the different styles within the routines. The

:52:24.:52:29.

power versus the Spain. Nobody worked as hard as he did to get on

:52:29.:52:37.

that podium. But you would also say in terms of control and precision,

:52:37.:52:47.
:52:47.:52:47.

Kohei Uchimura was the best, but he did not choose such versatility.

:52:47.:52:55.

gold in the all-around, and a silver in the men's floor final. I

:52:55.:53:01.

was reading about him before the Olympics started and he said, I do

:53:01.:53:09.

not want silver, I am sick of silver all the time. Well, he got

:53:09.:53:15.

his gold, the individual all-around, so he got his gold. But this

:53:15.:53:20.

gymnast even in slow motion looks perfect. He is probably the only

:53:20.:53:25.

one that looks perfect in slow motion. He has got that wonderful

:53:25.:53:34.

natural style. But retaining his Olympic title on the floor, from

:53:34.:53:44.
:53:44.:53:59.

He wasn't the second gymnast up. Kohei Uchimura set the benchmark.

:53:59.:54:05.

He knew exactly what he had to do to beat him. But it was technical

:54:05.:54:10.

flaw work. The thoroughly deserved it. People something extra out. He

:54:10.:54:16.

was accurate and it is a deserted gold medal. And he is not finished

:54:16.:54:26.
:54:26.:54:27.

yet. How do you think he will get on in the high bar final? I think

:54:27.:54:37.
:54:37.:54:40.

he will have a silver medal. I want him to get a silver medal. There is

:54:40.:54:44.

a certain gymnast going in the final and he is trained by Mitch

:54:44.:54:50.

Fenner and he has got a very good chance of gold. Now it is the

:54:50.:55:00.
:55:00.:55:00.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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Servicemen's floor final and Kai Zou takes gold. Kohei Uchimura

:55:49.:55:56.

takes silver. What a taster that was as a final. If the rest are

:55:56.:56:03.

like that, we are in for so many thrills. Let's keep everything

:56:03.:56:06.

crossed for a Louis Smith going in the poor horse final after the

:56:06.:56:13.

women's floor. Tomorrow there is a certain Beth Tweddle who will be

:56:13.:56:19.

going on the uneven bars final. It is offered to talk about medals and

:56:19.:56:24.

keeping everything cross, but you have to wonder if best had got a

:56:24.:56:30.

medal in Beijing, which he still be doing gymnastics today? What she

:56:30.:56:36.

had Dick -- dedicated the last four years of her life today is? One of

:56:36.:56:41.

the things about her is she likes gymnastics and training. She is an

:56:41.:56:47.

active, busy person. Even though she intends to retire from this

:56:47.:56:52.

type of competition at the end of the Olympics, I said to her have

:56:52.:56:58.

you had your last training session? She said, no, I cannot stop just

:56:58.:57:04.

like that, I'm going to ease down gradually. It would not surprise me

:57:04.:57:09.

to see her doing the Grand Prix because she likes the sport and it

:57:09.:57:16.

is a bit of an addiction. She loves it. Maybe she would have given up,

:57:16.:57:23.

who knows? Were her that is what she wants to do each day, come to

:57:23.:57:33.
:57:33.:57:38.

the gym. We could talk about her for hours. Here is the girl herself.

:57:38.:57:44.

Into the full twist, that was a cracker. An absolute start on this

:57:44.:57:52.

apparatus. It is a massive relief. The past 10 weeks have been up and

:57:52.:57:57.

down and quite hard work, but I have proved I am nearly back to

:57:57.:58:06.

full fitness. As soon as I was told I had surgery, my mum dropped

:58:06.:58:11.

everything and came down with me to the operation. My boyfriend has

:58:12.:58:16.

been their 100% to help me get through, anything I needed,

:58:16.:58:20.

whatever it was, they have done everything to help me achieve my

:58:20.:58:30.
:58:30.:58:33.

dream. Fantastic work! She is very composed and boxes things off and

:58:33.:58:38.

she knows what she has to do and she is training hard. She had a bit

:58:38.:58:45.

of a setback, but she has got over that. She works as hard as anybody.

:58:45.:58:51.

She is a pretty determined lady. parents have missed about five

:58:51.:58:58.

competitions in my career, but in a 20 year career, that is impressive.

:58:58.:59:04.

It is the missing one, an Olympic medal. Yes, it is. As she said the

:59:04.:59:10.

other day, it she does not get it, she has got three world titles and

:59:10.:59:14.

six European titles, but it is the one she wants and she does not care

:59:14.:59:19.

what colour it is. I have worked really hard on it and I have

:59:19.:59:29.
:59:29.:59:37.

changed a lot of things and I have As long as she comes awake feeling

:59:37.:59:42.

she has done her best, that is what we will be happy with. I just want

:59:42.:59:51.

her to be happy. If I can walk away knowing I have done the best

:59:51.:59:57.

routines, obviously I would love a medal, but I do not want to walk

:59:57.:00:07.
:00:07.:00:07.

away thinking I have not achieved and not done my best. How does that

:00:07.:00:14.

make you feel, Chris? Very nervous for her. But she has done all the

:00:14.:00:18.

hard work and she has done all the routines and she knows she can do

:00:18.:00:23.

the work. The Bar has a final will be tomorrow afternoon and I hope

:00:23.:00:29.

you can join us for that. The next individual apparatus final is the

:00:29.:00:39.
:00:39.:00:39.

women's vault. And here they come. We have got Brittany Rogers,

:00:39.:00:49.
:00:49.:00:57.

Elsabeth Black. Oksana Chusovitina. Sandra Izbasa. Mckayla Maroney.

:00:57.:01:03.

it has to be her, she is the one with the two most difficult vaults.

:01:03.:01:08.

She generally has the least deductions. But we have seen

:01:08.:01:13.

favourites flounder. Yesterday on the trampoline we saw the absolute

:01:13.:01:18.

favourite for the women's title make that almost elementary mistake

:01:18.:01:28.
:01:28.:01:28.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

:01:28.:02:21.

at the end. Nothing is sure until champion. The first will be

:02:21.:02:27.

Brittany Rogers. There will be two Bolts. They have to be different.

:02:27.:02:36.

In the score the two are averaged. Keep an eye on the difficulty. That

:02:36.:02:42.

is on the left hand side of the scoreboard. No warm-up. There is a

:02:42.:02:46.

warm-up to him outside with the same apparatus. They will have

:02:46.:02:51.

warmed up out there. They had an opportunity about one hour before

:02:51.:02:58.

the competition to warm up on the podium as well. But it is in cold

:02:58.:03:05.

now. Ideally you want to be one of the first. It is not very reactive,

:03:05.:03:15.
:03:15.:03:30.

it is incredibly explosive and you competition, so brace yourself for

:03:30.:03:40.
:03:40.:03:51.

was safely away. Big deep in the locker for the second. But that was

:03:51.:03:59.

a good opener. It is nice to have eight team-mate involved as well.

:03:59.:04:09.
:04:09.:04:12.

Eight gymnasts have made it through to these finals. 5.8 difficulty.

:04:12.:04:18.

This was very popular for that top gymnasts at these championships.

:04:18.:04:24.

Only a few did the three-and-a-half twists. But the top gymnasts did

:04:24.:04:32.

that double twist. Just waiting for the score to come in before she can

:04:32.:04:42.
:04:42.:04:54.

go on to her second. A little reminder to herself to keep focused.

:04:54.:04:56.

A little bit better than qualification, so she will be

:04:57.:05:06.
:05:07.:05:29.

pleased with that. This one is get back because it seemed to hang

:05:29.:05:39.
:05:39.:05:44.

in the air a little bit. It was very clearly done indeed. 5.8 and

:05:45.:05:51.

5.6 difficulty is not a bad repertoire. That was a half turn on

:05:51.:05:57.

and the half turned to go with it. She was a bit deep on landing, but

:05:57.:06:04.

hop to the side after she landed. She just brushed the mat with her

:06:04.:06:10.

knuckles. That is a good view of how much the Matt depresses. That

:06:11.:06:14.

is one thing that has come a long way in the last few years, the

:06:14.:06:22.

apparatus, how it absorbs their weight as they land. Her Test is

:06:22.:06:28.

over. And she will be very pleased. A tremendous achievement to make

:06:28.:06:38.
:06:38.:07:12.

with one-and-a-half twists, and she is really explosive. She could give

:07:12.:07:18.

Mckayla Maroney a run for her money. She took part last year in the

:07:18.:07:22.

European Youth Olympics, the major competition by juniors last year

:07:22.:07:30.

and I watched her do some amazing things. She lifted out of the

:07:30.:07:39.

camera view. A bit of a deduction on the landing. She was a bit

:07:39.:07:42.

surprised, but she is really powerful and someone who will

:07:42.:07:52.
:07:52.:07:54.

develop very much for the future. She is going for a difficulty of

:07:55.:08:01.

6.0 for the next one. Her first one was 6.3. You have to do to

:08:01.:08:11.
:08:11.:08:45.

different ones. It is very much of and turned on. That was efficient.

:08:45.:08:52.

That is a challenge for a medal. Her first Olympics at 16. What a

:08:52.:08:59.

story that would be if she could end up on to the medal podium.

:08:59.:09:05.

went forwards and backwards and they were totally different.

:09:05.:09:13.

same good style, and legs nice and tightly together. But the same lack

:09:13.:09:20.

of awareness on landing. I will step back as opposed to bend the

:09:20.:09:30.
:09:30.:09:39.

knees. It was interesting seeing Oksana Chusovitina's face. Yes, she

:09:39.:09:49.
:09:49.:09:54.

knows she has got a lot to do. That is to give you a perception of

:09:54.:10:04.
:10:04.:10:06.

height above the platform. score to be his 14.483 sec by

:10:06.:10:16.
:10:16.:10:18.

Brittany Rogers of Canada. A good team is full of different gymnasts

:10:18.:10:28.
:10:28.:11:04.

it. Did she get the feet down with any part of the body before

:11:04.:11:14.
:11:14.:11:29.

your feet, she could be in 40. I to try and keep a focused. Come on,

:11:29.:11:39.
:11:39.:11:41.

an incredible amount of injury during training and in competition.

:11:41.:11:51.
:11:51.:11:58.

She has fractured elbows, farms. -- gymnast was fantastic. That's what

:11:58.:12:03.

gave them the very coveted fifth place. At it tireder today, another

:12:04.:12:13.
:12:14.:12:30.

to do another vault? I know you want to show the world you can do

:12:30.:12:36.

your best but... She is going for it. She's going to attempt a 5.2

:12:36.:12:46.
:12:46.:12:54.

more hurt than we thought. Obviously she under rotated,

:12:54.:13:01.

there's a problem with her instep and the ligaments or tendons there.

:13:01.:13:06.

The bravery. Common sense took over from bravery at that point. Yes, no

:13:06.:13:16.
:13:16.:13:23.

point in making an injury worse for push came to shove, do I really

:13:23.:13:28.

want to risk this? Interestingly, she didn't actually hit the board.

:13:28.:13:32.

So you would be allowed another goal. As long as you don't touch

:13:32.:13:35.

the board, they take that as a false run and you would be allowed

:13:35.:13:39.

another goal. But I don't think she is in the right mental or physical

:13:39.:13:48.

state to do another vault. It would be dangerous. Mentally, apart from

:13:48.:13:57.

physically. And there are some rather dangerous vaulters to come.

:13:57.:14:02.

Abreu, who is next, she didn't land cleanly at all. An incredible

:14:02.:14:08.

difficulty, a 7.1, but because it was such a big difficulties for,

:14:08.:14:12.

the execution didn't really matter and she got into the Bolt final. I

:14:12.:14:16.

think is going to go for the handspring double front. If she

:14:16.:14:20.

hits it it will be phenomenal. Total respect. The platform is a

:14:20.:14:24.

little lower than the men. They are quite common for the men, but to do

:14:24.:14:29.

that from a platform which is 10 centimetres lower, it might not

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sound the loft, but it's a huge vault. If she hates it, this place

:14:33.:14:39.

will go crackers. Mind you, we are yet to see her land this fault

:14:39.:14:42.

macro, because she landed on her back with that when at the World

:14:42.:14:47.

Championships. A thing she did landed at the first qualification,

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:14:57.:15:34.

Bolts. That's OK. Just not completely focused. She can do that.

:15:34.:15:44.
:15:44.:15:49.

Maybe she will be a bit unsettled The approach, the ram, the Contact

:15:49.:15:59.
:15:59.:16:26.

expensive. If her feet touched first, again it's the same formula.

:16:26.:16:31.

But I think she will lose their hallmark at least. I think the FT

:16:31.:16:41.
:16:41.:16:57.

did touch first, that was my there's no margin for error for

:16:57.:17:04.

that. It is very big for the female gymnasts off a low platform. To be

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honest, she's a long way off landing that. We've seen it once in

:17:11.:17:17.

how many attempts minus five or six? But it is worth the risk. If

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she's close enough to take that chance. When you think about it,

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17.1, one hallmark of 16.1. There will be deductions for being in the

:17:29.:17:35.

air. She could find herself with a 15 for that. It's very important

:17:35.:17:38.

that the judges judged it responsibly. Because you don't want

:17:38.:17:48.
:17:48.:18:06.

to see lots of gymnasts taking that courageous. The crowd appreciate

:18:06.:18:12.

what they are seeing. Phenomenal difficulty on the first one.

:18:12.:18:17.

Control on the second. She's not too happy with herself. The score

:18:17.:18:25.

to beat his 15.016. That is an average of the two. She could be up

:18:25.:18:35.
:18:35.:18:36.

had to work hard to get it round. You really need to push up. Her

:18:36.:18:46.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

:18:46.:19:29.

You can see she's furious with the got a silver in Beijing on this

:19:29.:19:39.
:19:39.:19:48.

Handspring, like so many gymnasts do, up into wave front somersault,

:19:48.:19:54.

kick out with one 1/2 twists. But I think there were deductions their.

:19:54.:19:59.

She was quite deep on her landing. The leader looks on and I think she

:19:59.:20:09.
:20:09.:20:16.

forwards, chest quite down. That was quite a lot lower than Janine

:20:16.:20:20.

Berger's vault. She is a phenomenal person that has been able to keep

:20:20.:20:26.

this level of training going for so many years. Such a strong physique

:20:26.:20:36.
:20:36.:20:39.

to be able to take those years of Yes, it has been announced, but

:20:39.:20:49.
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fact that she bounced up out of which shows how much the flight she

:21:12.:21:21.

had. That is it. Her Olympic career is over. What a superstar. What a

:21:21.:21:30.

swansong, too. She certainly will go from this arena covered with

:21:30.:21:40.
:21:40.:21:46.

hold the body straight in the air. See the power of the springboard

:21:46.:21:50.

and off the platform. A little look over the shoulder to judge whether

:21:50.:21:55.

floor was. There will be a deduction for the bounce on landing.

:21:55.:22:05.
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in the air. Beautiful style. Extended, wraps it in and there is

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:22:20.:22:47.

these Olympics by the Russians purely for her vaulting ability. 17

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:22:57.:23:29.

She's come all this way just to She had to plonk those feet down

:23:29.:23:34.

very quickly. Did she get round? I think she did. But she lost a

:23:34.:23:44.
:23:44.:23:54.

challenge. All of them producing this two and a half twists.

:23:54.:23:57.

Everyone knew immediately if you were to be in with a shot you have

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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She smiles now because that was a real challenge from her. She could

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just find herself in a medal position. But there's so much to

:25:30.:25:40.
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come still. It was a lovely, light with the shoulders on, and there's

:25:51.:25:57.

the half turn off. Very much in control. She always stays a shade

:25:57.:26:00.

too long on top of the platform, but she coped with it very well

:26:00.:26:10.
:26:10.:26:12.

indeed. That is the score that she has to beat. She is in with a

:26:12.:26:20.

chance here. CHRISTINE STILL: Delight in the

:26:20.:26:30.
:26:30.:26:48.

the lead, she is guaranteed a medal, with two gymnasts to go. But what

:26:48.:26:54.

colour will that medal ball? Kayla Maroney looking to make history for

:26:54.:27:04.
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line, but it was so much higher, so much more powerful than any other

:27:07.:27:12.

gymnast we have seen. MATT BAKER: It was incredible. Just

:27:12.:27:22.
:27:22.:27:24.

look at her face as she walked back to the end of the runway. Well, she

:27:24.:27:33.

just hits at the optimum moment. Her style is great, legs locked

:27:33.:27:39.

together, comes out of the two-and- a-half twist, arms breaking out to

:27:39.:27:48.

steady the landing, there was no squeezing. It was great.

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MITCH FENNER: She allowed herself a little smile, but soon got back

:27:52.:27:59.

into focus. Now, she has got to do it again, a different vault, but

:27:59.:28:09.
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with the same accuracy - we hope. Olympic gold. It is one she does

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less often, but usually with great precision... Oh, my word! Usually

:28:40.:28:46.

with great precision, I said. Now, she was brought here also just for

:28:46.:28:51.

this piece. It was the only piece she did in the team final. And that

:28:51.:28:56.

is a major upset. Well, she got her feet down first, so she will be

:28:56.:29:02.

given the value of the move. front somersault with full twist,

:29:02.:29:06.

it is very blind. You cannot really see the floor. You have to assume

:29:06.:29:11.

you have gone high, but she just did not hit with that same contact

:29:11.:29:20.

that she is used to. Her first vault scored very high. So she will

:29:20.:29:26.

get a whole mark from that one. but there will be some more lack of

:29:26.:29:30.

rotation, which is really what she lost. Just like we said, you can

:29:30.:29:33.

never be completely sure about anything.

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MATT BAKER: She cannot believe it, can she? She cannot believe it.

:29:39.:29:43.

if there was one shoe-in for this Olympics, it was this one. We have

:29:43.:29:50.

all talk about her, the greatest we have ever seen at this discipline.

:29:50.:29:56.

She is into the lead. She has gone ahead of Maria Paseka. However,

:29:56.:29:59.

there's a certain Sandra Izbasa, the European vault champion, to

:29:59.:30:09.
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come. But she has scraped into the lead. Interestingly, Sandra Izbasa

:30:14.:30:20.

does the same vault. She does, and she is vastly experienced, she has

:30:20.:30:24.

seen all of this kind of stuff happening before in front of her.

:30:24.:30:28.

You can feel the tension. Is she going to make it? She does! No

:30:28.:30:34.

danger there. She bent the legs just a little bit to make sure that

:30:34.:30:44.

she could bring the landing in, but she was not going to be thrown. In

:30:44.:30:48.

the last Olympics, she was the champion on the floor, so she knows

:30:48.:30:55.

what it takes. Steely determination. She is the one gymnast here who

:30:55.:31:04.

also did the all-around competition. She hit the platform beautifully.

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You could see how long her heels were in to guarantee the rotation -

:31:09.:31:15.

it was lovely technique. Well, what does the future hold for Sandra

:31:15.:31:24.

Izbasa? Let's keep calm about it! She does not have the two-and-a-

:31:25.:31:28.

half twist, she will probably only do a double twist for her second

:31:28.:31:37.

vault, so it needs to be almost perfect. So, it is all on execution.

:31:38.:31:47.
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Look at that, legs locked together, Good precision, good control on the

:32:03.:32:12.

landing. Big bounce back, so it was not perfect, but it was pretty good

:32:12.:32:22.
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vaulting. She also has great height. She needs more than 15.016 for a

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it is a 16 she needs... deserves to win this, because she

:32:42.:32:52.
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has had two consistent, very nice vaults. In my book, she deserves it

:32:54.:33:00.

for that consistency. This young lady, you have to feel for her,

:33:00.:33:04.

because she is the best in the world. But you have to perform on

:33:04.:33:14.
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the day, don't you? Well, Sandra Izbasa is absolutely overwhelmed.

:33:23.:33:27.

That was a great performance from her. She is the Olympic vault

:33:27.:33:33.

champion. CHRISTINE STILL: Well, the biggest

:33:33.:33:40.

surprise here, everybody thought the American would win this

:33:40.:33:44.

competition, but she opened the door, and there was no-one more

:33:44.:33:54.
:33:54.:33:56.

experienced than Sandra Izbasa to take that opportunity. You have got

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to feel for Kayla Maroney, and you never would have predicted that.

:34:01.:34:07.

But fair play, Sandra Izbasa, she was consistent. Fantastic for

:34:07.:34:17.
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Romania as well. Go away, she says, I cannot handle this yet! But she

:34:23.:34:28.

is delighted. What a superb gymnast she is. This is a very popular gold

:34:28.:34:33.

medal. Very popular. She worked the all-round competition as well. She

:34:34.:34:38.

came fifth in that. She was not able to challenge for the medals,

:34:38.:34:41.

because she is not very strong on the bars. But she does every

:34:41.:34:46.

apparatus. And she goes into the floor final at the end of the

:34:46.:34:52.

competition as well. From delight to dejection from this young lady,

:34:52.:35:01.

who must be so disappointed. Very much so. Gymnasts from the USA have

:35:01.:35:07.

been buzzing here. This is the first sign of a crack in their

:35:07.:35:17.
:35:17.:35:19.

tremendous confidence. I am pleased for him, too. Yes, the great

:35:19.:35:25.

architect of Romanian gymnastics. He came back to help the team, as

:35:25.:35:29.

they were really struggling after they lost to Great Britain at the

:35:29.:35:36.

Europeans. He was persuaded back in. They did find here, they got a

:35:36.:35:43.

bronze medal, but they will be absolutely thrilled with this gold.

:35:43.:35:53.

Maria Paseka did well to take the bronze medal. And spare a thought

:35:53.:35:58.

for Berger, who just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth. Yes, she

:35:58.:36:08.
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led for so long. 16 years old, she had her hopes raised. Yes, that was

:36:11.:36:15.

a surprise, but a delightful surprise. Very exciting final, we

:36:15.:36:25.

had it all. We had no vaults, great vaults. Yes, that's what it is all

:36:25.:36:28.

about. You have to perform on the day, and Sandra Izbasa did exactly

:36:28.:36:35.

that. She has won this vault gold medal. And she has done so in a

:36:35.:36:45.
:36:45.:36:58.

She is very experienced a gymnast. She has been through injury, grown

:36:58.:37:08.
:37:08.:37:33.

up a lot, decided to come back. She certainly is. It was lovely to

:37:33.:37:37.

see her give a kiss to the crowd as she left, that's it for her Olympic

:37:37.:37:44.

career. Did you think that Sandra Izbasa could do that in the end?

:37:44.:37:49.

you saw, it was an incredible final, there was so much going on. Kayla

:37:49.:37:56.

Maroney had it in the bag, is she had landed on her feet. But Sandra

:37:56.:38:00.

Izbasa, she won on the floor in the last Olympic Games, and she has

:38:00.:38:04.

come out of retirement, almost. She has done incredibly well, and she

:38:04.:38:09.

was last up as well, so she had all the pressure on her. This is the

:38:09.:38:13.

thing with her, we have seen her specialising on different pieces of

:38:13.:38:18.

apparatus during her career. She is now injecting all of that into the

:38:18.:38:24.

vault. She came here with vast experience, and she saw the

:38:24.:38:34.
:38:34.:38:39.

American ahead of her, and she did the job. The Americans have had

:38:39.:38:49.
:38:49.:38:52.

some shocks. Yes, in the team final. But it does not always work out.

:38:52.:38:56.

That was the case with John Orozco as well. It has been great to have

:38:56.:38:59.

your company this afternoon. And you would not be anywhere else this

:39:00.:39:04.

afternoon, because Louis Smith is about to come out into disarray

:39:04.:39:11.

near. -- into this arena. What will he have been doing for the last

:39:11.:39:15.

hour? He probably would have been in the gym, just sampling the

:39:15.:39:20.

atmosphere, listening to music, relaxing, getting in there zone,

:39:20.:39:28.

and then doing his usual warm up for the pommel horse. He will

:39:28.:39:31.

probably go out again and have another touch before he comes back

:39:31.:39:35.

in. Because obviously, you're not allowed to do that just before your

:39:35.:39:41.

routine. His coach will be with him, telling him just to relax. He has

:39:41.:39:46.

done the hard work. He is completely ready. It is all the

:39:46.:39:50.

psychology now. It is that thing of walking up to the pommel horse and

:39:50.:39:55.

saying, this is just a pommel horse routine, it is that simple. But in

:39:55.:39:59.

this arena, it is not that easy - what does it feel like to compete

:39:59.:40:07.

out there? You think of it as another routine, but there are so

:40:07.:40:13.

many things going on. Like what? You're trying to think how you do

:40:13.:40:18.

it all the time, like in training, but when you actually do it, your

:40:18.:40:24.

body stiffens up. But Louis Smith, he has got such great focus.

:40:24.:40:29.

the word on the crowd, they did not half lift you guys - did it feel

:40:29.:40:39.
:40:39.:40:46.

comfortable, or was it a bit The audience really act as a sixth

:40:46.:40:49.

man on the team. The whole British public have got behind us. The

:40:49.:40:55.

support we've had is really amazing. The crowd is packed today and the

:40:55.:41:00.

atmosphere is a bit tense but hopefully the guys will do their

:41:00.:41:06.

job today. Thinking back to Beijing, it was all on Luiz - can I get a

:41:06.:41:12.

medal here? How much will that team bronze have helped him

:41:12.:41:19.

psychologically? Like you said, in Beijing he was our complete hope.

:41:19.:41:22.

The bronze we got on Monday definitely would have taken the

:41:22.:41:28.

pressure of a bit. Him being part of a team and smashing two pommel

:41:28.:41:32.

teams in a row will do him the world of good going into this

:41:32.:41:39.

competition. He's done so many routines. He's been hitting it all

:41:39.:41:45.

year. It's the most amazing feeling here. The it's going to be an

:41:45.:41:50.

incredible situation and experience for everyone here. Hopefully he can

:41:50.:41:54.

keep his cool. It's worth mentioning Max. Although he

:41:54.:41:59.

qualified eighth, he didn't hit his best routine. Recently he's been

:41:59.:42:02.

doing the World Cup circuit and has been in lots of finals. Honestly, I

:42:02.:42:06.

don't think there's anyone else in the world has done as many pommel

:42:06.:42:10.

routines as him this year. He does so many. And he can up his

:42:10.:42:15.

difficulty as well. I'm not sure what he will do today. His goal was

:42:15.:42:21.

down to a 49 in qualification. He can be around the 5455 mark if he

:42:21.:42:25.

hits his routine. It's all to play for really. We will talk about them

:42:25.:42:30.

a little more. If you haven't heard of Louis Smith, here is a word from

:42:30.:42:35.

the man who is about to walk out into this arena in a matter of

:42:35.:42:45.
:42:45.:42:47.

going to come. Then the days dwindled down and you are here.

:42:47.:42:57.
:42:57.:43:06.

here to write a new chapter in British Olympic history. What a

:43:06.:43:13.

moment for the 19-year-old from Peterborough! What a massive honour.

:43:13.:43:17.

The London Olympic Games, it's going to be a massive competition,

:43:17.:43:27.
:43:27.:43:31.

especially with the Team GB squad is unbelievable. Compared to

:43:31.:43:35.

four years ago, this time around you have about eight or nine people

:43:35.:43:37.

fighting for just five places. But you have to look at the positive

:43:37.:43:43.

and say, look, that's how far and deeper the British men's team goes.

:43:43.:43:48.

Very smooth. And he's worked so hard on his style.

:43:48.:43:53.

I had to prove to the coaches and selection panel even more that I

:43:53.:43:58.

have a chance to win medals. Any slip and any mistake can be used

:43:58.:44:03.

against you. I've always tried to prepare in the right way. I put in

:44:03.:44:08.

the hours of training and made sure that when I go to these

:44:08.:44:11.

competitions that macro ultimately, if I'm proving I can win medals on

:44:11.:44:21.
:44:21.:44:24.

a world stage than I think I mentally and physically. Mentally,

:44:24.:44:27.

I know what I need to do, I know what I have to do to produce the

:44:27.:44:32.

goods. It should be easier in front of a home crowd. The advantage of

:44:32.:44:36.

enjoying the competition as opposed to being nervous. Being in a team

:44:36.:44:39.

environment, having that extra support. All these things are in my

:44:39.:44:46.

favour. I said all along it's about having the routine and not needed,

:44:46.:44:50.

and he needed and not be prepared. Depending on where right and in the

:44:50.:44:55.

final, who is in the final, I'm practising that routine in training

:44:55.:45:05.
:45:05.:45:06.

so I will have it in my locker if I routine, and he has been practising

:45:06.:45:13.

it time after time after time. like I said before, he's done so

:45:13.:45:18.

many routines. Hopefully he can do it like he's been doing it all week.

:45:18.:45:22.

He's been calm since the team final. Emotions were running high after

:45:22.:45:25.

that but the guys have brought themselves back down to earth and

:45:25.:45:29.

have been going to the training gym every day, hitting the routines and

:45:29.:45:32.

making sure they've done enough to keep themselves ticking over for

:45:32.:45:35.

this final. Let's have a word on how we think this final is going to

:45:35.:45:41.

play out. You mentioned Max before, and this is the key. Basically, Max

:45:41.:45:47.

is going to go up there, and I think he might unsettle Berki a

:45:47.:45:51.

little. He could force Berki and the door might be open for Louis

:45:51.:45:55.

Smith. We've got to keep an eye on that possibility of a bronze for

:45:55.:45:58.

Max Whitlock, because he is in the same position that Louis Smith was

:45:58.:46:02.

in four years ago. We are now going to pause for the gold-medallist in

:46:02.:46:12.
:46:12.:46:21.

the women's vault final. Sandra Taking gold in what turned out to

:46:21.:46:26.

be the most incredible final. We all tipped Maroney. We thought she

:46:26.:46:31.

was going to come here and take the first gold for the USA in the

:46:31.:46:40.

history of the Olympics of the vault final. But Sandra Izbasa

:46:40.:46:50.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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Now the only final left is the pommel horse final. We are 10

:48:49.:48:56.

minutes away. Very shortly, Louis Smith will wander out into this

:48:56.:49:03.

arena. Let's hope that he is remaining as, as possible. --

:49:03.:49:06.

remaining as calm as possible. We were making a joke about the fact

:49:06.:49:11.

he does listen to reggae, he listens to music a lot and that

:49:11.:49:15.

keeps him nice and calm. He has a blasted out before we go out to

:49:15.:49:19.

compete, and it seems to have done the trick. Hopefully it will do the

:49:19.:49:23.

same today. That keeps him relaxed and calm. It's part of his usual

:49:23.:49:28.

routine. We don't really want to change that. Even when you come to

:49:28.:49:32.

major competitions, you want to do your normal routine and get in the

:49:32.:49:36.

zone. Try and treated as much as you can do played down as much as

:49:36.:49:40.

you can as if it's just a training session. A lot of you guys had to

:49:40.:49:43.

work all round in the team because Louis Smith was simply here for his

:49:43.:49:48.

pommel horse routine. So he got to experience this arena from kind of

:49:48.:49:51.

a Spectator's point of view. How much do you think that will have

:49:51.:49:57.

helped him to soak up this atmosphere? Because Louis Smith was

:49:57.:50:02.

doing the pommel horse, he is our head cheerleader. He's our team

:50:02.:50:06.

captain, so he gets us through. He's always there shouting us.

:50:06.:50:10.

That's the role of thing we have in the changing rooms as well. Yeah,

:50:10.:50:13.

it's very difficult for him, especially if we have pommel as

:50:13.:50:17.

last operators, he's got a Wade through the whole competition

:50:17.:50:23.

before he gets to compete. He did incredibly well in qualifying and

:50:23.:50:32.

then again in the team final to come out first on pommel horse. He

:50:32.:50:37.

has so much experience now. I'm hoping he can deal with the

:50:37.:50:42.

pressure today and go out there and do his thing. It's going to be a

:50:42.:50:46.

competition of difficulty first his execution. We keep talking about

:50:46.:50:51.

this guy, Berki. He is six-time European champion. This is his

:50:51.:50:56.

routine. He is remarkable with his execution. Just look at the legs.

:50:56.:51:06.

So beautiful. Again, he looks so tall and graceful. His difficulty

:51:06.:51:14.

is superb. Louis Smith did a fantastic routine but he nipped in.

:51:14.:51:22.

His routine was a class act. It's going to be a good fighter but if

:51:22.:51:26.

Louis Smith can do it, today will be the day he beats Berki. He was

:51:26.:51:32.

looking a bit shaky, not his usual confident self. You can see the

:51:32.:51:35.

break in execution there, he's played his legs a little bit but

:51:35.:51:40.

kept the swing bowling. We are expecting, Louis Smith has two

:51:40.:51:43.

different routines. One that is slightly easier than the other,

:51:43.:51:51.

both very, very difficult. If Berki scores in and around 15.7, we are

:51:51.:51:54.

then expecting Louis Smith to go for the harder style routine.

:51:54.:51:58.

not too sure. The first qualification day and the team

:51:58.:52:03.

final he's done his 6.9. It is not easy, but it is easier routine. He

:52:03.:52:11.

has hit 158 and 59. With the advantage of going last, he can see

:52:11.:52:15.

what Berki does. And Tommasone, you got to be careful of him. We were

:52:15.:52:19.

training with him before we came out here and he's been working on a

:52:19.:52:24.

couple of upgrades. Like you said, Berki is an incredible athlete.

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This is the one thing he hasn't got yet so he's going to be going for

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that just as much as our guide is. We will have to see how it pans out.

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I've been talking to Louis Smith for a long time about how hard do

:52:37.:52:41.

you go and do you go for it, what do you train, do you walk in and

:52:41.:52:44.

then react to the competition as it happens? Would you rather have a

:52:44.:52:50.

set plan in your mind, woke up and do it, or react to the competition

:52:50.:52:54.

and therefore you are kind of in two minds? I'd rather have

:52:54.:52:58.

everything planned out in my head. It doesn't always work out like

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that. Sometimes it's a mistake does have been you have to be quick on

:53:01.:53:05.

your feet and think of how to get out of it. But normally, yes, I

:53:05.:53:10.

like to rehearse it in my head before I put forward. The same sort

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of thing, the same as Daniel. You want to go out and do the routines

:53:14.:53:19.

you've trained for but that's the hard thing. He has trained at 7.1

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and has been hitting it in training. It's going to be a difficult

:53:23.:53:28.

decision for him, but one who will make with Paul Hall. It will be a

:53:28.:53:30.

joint decision. Something they probably will have decided before

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they walk out into the competition arena. We will have to wait and see

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which one he chooses. A you can sense the atmosphere here.

:53:39.:53:49.
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pommel horse is just behind us. The gymnasts are just about to enter.

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There's Louis Smith. How is he looking? He looks good, he looks

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calm. He's got his gloves on still. I think you will be keeping in the

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zone. He's not looking up to the crowd or anything. He'll just be

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keeping calm and relaxed. He's ready. As well, Max looks calm and

:54:16.:54:21.

relaxed. It is a big occasion for him, he's only 19. The guys are

:54:21.:54:31.
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does have the advantage of seeing everything good gymnast go ahead of

:54:48.:54:58.
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him. This is the moment that Louis high score to start with. Busnari,

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the oldest member of this pommel horse competition at 33. Hidvegi,

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Belyavskiy. And standby, ladies and gentlemen...

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING there we are, the stage is set for the final of

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the Men's Pommel Horse. We can go back to Mitch Fenner and

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Christine Still. MITCH FENNER: What a final is in

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store here. Cyril Tommasone will kick it all off, and he is no mean

:56:31.:56:41.
:56:41.:56:42.

athlete. There's a lot of opposition for the British athletes

:56:42.:56:49.

here, Christine. CHRISTINE STILL: Indeed there is.

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And as we have already seen in these Olympics, it is very

:56:53.:56:58.

unpredictable. Cyril Tommasone has been the leader of the French team

:56:58.:57:03.

in this competition. I'm sure he will lay down a very strong

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challenge right from the beginning. Tommasone, of course, the perfect

:57:11.:57:21.
:57:21.:57:21.

build for this apparatus, long and lean, very elegant. Very consistent

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as well, he scored exactly the same in qualification and in the round.

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MATT BAKER: And he did get a silver in the World Championships last

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year, so a dangerous man. And a very talented one. Very confident

:57:46.:57:53.

handstand to open. There's the second. Now, he is really strong

:57:53.:57:58.

off the blocks here, that's a good start. Good chest position to make

:57:58.:58:05.

sure of those Russian shapes. A very consistent here, Tommasone.

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This is difficult, that's three straight body turns. Very clean.

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There's the handstand dismount. Just a little pause at the end, but

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it was a cracking routine until the very end. Well, it was going so

:58:28.:58:33.

incredibly well for him, and Max Whitlock will have noticed that,

:58:33.:58:38.

and will be thinking, I could have a shout for a bronze. Absolutely,

:58:39.:58:46.

Matt - is there an opening?! It was strange, it seemed to stall. Well,

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it was a superb start. He came fast out of the blocks and looked really

:58:50.:59:00.
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good. The Russians went well, but here, there is no doubt he will be

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marked down for that, but just that pause at the end, maybe he is

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facing the way he was not predicted to be facing at the end! He will

:59:14.:59:22.

get a few tenths off for that. he might have added an extra half

:59:22.:59:27.

twist to up the difficulty! There is a tiny strip of daylight.

:59:28.:59:32.

covered it very well, actually. It was more of a hesitation than

:59:32.:59:40.

anything else. More than anything, like you say, I would say that door

:59:40.:59:50.
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qualifier. And of course, new judges today. If you have got

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gymnasts in the final, you cannot have judges from that country.

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Those are the marks. That is sharp judging. That's down on what he

:00:16.:00:26.
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might have expected. The only clue to the age of this man is the

:00:27.:00:36.

construction of his routine. I wonder if he has adjusted it. These

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:00:46.:00:51.

days, the routine is more dominated by circles than flowers. -- flares.

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There is good, he is on the one do that. He will come back again.

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That dates him a little, but boy, it is impressive. This boy has been

:01:18.:01:24.

around a long time, and he is circling very well. Hands together,

:01:24.:01:28.

coming towards the dismount, and a slight hesitation, but the

:01:28.:01:34.

handstand is clean. Give it to him, because that was a long, hard

:01:34.:01:38.

working routine! He has seen it all, he has been around almost as long

:01:38.:01:43.

as I have! He got a silver at the European Championships eight years

:01:43.:01:52.

ago! A real crowd-pleaser as well, that routine. Yes, a routine which

:01:52.:01:58.

shows, as you say, lots of flour. It really makes the pommel horse

:01:58.:02:08.
:02:08.:02:09.

seem quite exciting. -- flare. is not easy, but it does not seem

:02:09.:02:19.
:02:19.:02:19.

to get the credit it deserves. It is very impressive, but it is

:02:19.:02:23.

fractionally easier to do it than it is to circle. You do not get any

:02:23.:02:31.

credit these days. But that was a great effort from Busnari.

:02:31.:02:35.

CHRISTINE STILL: super control right at the end. You could see the

:02:36.:02:40.

slight difference between him and Tommasone. He almost elevated off

:02:40.:02:50.
:02:50.:02:52.

the apparatus. MATT BAKER: He will have to have

:02:52.:02:58.

gone better than his qualifying score. It looks like he has got it.

:02:58.:03:04.

He has! He has gone into the lead! Well, that will throw the cat among

:03:04.:03:14.
:03:14.:03:22.

the pigeons. Hats off to him, outside of the medals at the last

:03:22.:03:32.
:03:32.:03:33.

World Championships. MITCH FENNER: Lovely handstand. He

:03:33.:03:43.
:03:43.:03:44.

then goes into the circles... All made in Hungary. Very nicely done.

:03:45.:03:49.

That is such a difficult skill, the Russian, the straight body swing at

:03:49.:03:59.
:03:59.:03:59.

the end. And it was very flat coming off from that. It is going

:03:59.:04:02.

to be a long way now until the end of the routine after that. Such a

:04:02.:04:07.

disappointment. Every gymnast who has qualified for these finals is

:04:07.:04:14.

keen to show their best. This is a big disappointment for him. A nice,

:04:14.:04:19.

clean, extended swing, not over- extended, but he is very sharp.

:04:19.:04:29.
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Look at him on one handle. Very And the hamster and was also very

:04:40.:04:46.

effective. What a pity. He came to grief on the very difficult Russian

:04:46.:04:52.

combination, but that was class work. So, he loses a mark for

:04:52.:04:55.

falling off, and of course he loses the value of the element that he

:04:55.:05:01.

did not complete. And we have to say, Hidvegi was a real medal

:05:01.:05:07.

chance. He was indeed. Look at this. He is travelling forward and

:05:07.:05:13.

backwards with good style, lovely hand placement. This I believe is

:05:13.:05:19.

the Russian, which came to grief. His weight was behind his hands, no

:05:19.:05:29.
:05:29.:05:40.

way he could clear that handle. Britain's Max Whitlock. Hidvegi was

:05:40.:05:43.

one of the gymnasts that was standing in the way of a potential

:05:43.:05:53.

medal for him, as was Tommasone. But of course, he is got to hit it.

:05:53.:05:57.

Yes, and the question is, will he go higher run his difficulty then

:05:57.:06:07.
:06:07.:06:10.

he did in qualification? He posted a six-four, but he can do a six-six.

:06:10.:06:18.

He will do a six-six, I am pretty sure about that. Of course, we saw

:06:18.:06:22.

Max Whitlock cope fantastically well with the pressure in the team

:06:22.:06:30.

final. What now? Max Whitlock is ready to go in this Men's Pommel

:06:30.:06:40.

Horse final! The door is open for a medal. Now, this is important... He

:06:40.:06:46.

has got to keep his legs tight. It is when he starts travelling the

:06:46.:06:50.

length of the apparatus that sometimes, his form goes. But this

:06:50.:06:57.

is very impressive. Spindle, excellent, good extension. Can he

:06:57.:07:05.

keep his legs tight? He has kept it tight - this is looking very good.

:07:05.:07:12.

The triple Russian has gone well! Now, then... Into the hands dance

:07:12.:07:17.

sequence... That is a beautiful routine! Max Whitlock is

:07:17.:07:22.

challenging for a medal! That was super stuff!

:07:22.:07:26.

MATT BAKER: World class performance from the 19-year-old! That was

:07:26.:07:32.

first class! But has he done enough for bronze?

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CHRISTINE STILL: He always handles the pressure, and more! That time,

:07:37.:07:45.

he gave something a little bit special. We were worried about his

:07:45.:07:53.

travels, but he really did well this time. This is of the work, and

:07:53.:07:58.

boy, I don't know about a bronze, but this is a real challenge for a

:07:58.:08:08.

medal, even higher than that. Well, that is going to pile the

:08:08.:08:18.
:08:18.:08:30.

shoot up to the sky with the announcement of the score!!

:08:30.:08:35.

could not have done a better job. What a fantastic platform he has

:08:35.:08:42.

built for the rest of this competition. Kristian Thomas,

:08:42.:08:52.
:08:52.:09:27.

beautiful leg separation. Lovely in handstand. The Under-has gone well.

:09:27.:09:37.
:09:37.:09:38.

Picking up into the circles. Very, very clean on one handle. Nice in

:09:38.:09:48.
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the Russian. This is really, really good. He came out square from that

:09:49.:09:57.

spindle. There was a criticism of him... He is keeping his style very

:09:57.:10:05.

well indeed. A small hesitation, but Krisztian Berki, you have

:10:05.:10:08.

really risen to this challenge! That was a super routine from the

:10:08.:10:18.
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down the gauntlet for the man who wandered in wearing headphones at

:10:26.:10:34.

the start of that routine. He's got fabulous style. He used it, that is

:10:34.:10:39.

big strength. His big strength is his execution. On the single their

:10:39.:10:43.

quirky stands alone, but here he has brought something out in double

:10:43.:10:47.

leg as well. The Russian he kept in style, which is very difficult to

:10:47.:10:53.

do when you are a long man. Boy, he really can swing! A tiny hesitation

:10:53.:10:57.

at the top of that can stand but it will be very little deduction. Look

:10:57.:11:07.
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for a mammoth score from him. Good job, Mr Berki. Always great to see

:11:07.:11:12.

these gymnasts perform on the big stage. His first opportunity in the

:11:12.:11:21.

Olympic Games. Here without a team as a specialist. Louis is going to

:11:21.:11:29.

have to be at the top of his game here. It is an enormous score. A

:11:29.:11:39.
:11:39.:11:48.

6.9 difficulty. Berki leaves. -- truly off to Krisztian Berki for

:11:48.:11:58.
:11:58.:12:29.

Qualified with the sixth highest the one handle. There's the spindle,

:12:29.:12:33.

but he lost a bit of rhythm on that. You can't float the legs, you've

:12:33.:12:37.

got to keep them swinging. These are the Russian that swings which

:12:37.:12:44.

are such a challenge. Now he is travelling very nicely forwards and

:12:44.:12:54.
:12:54.:12:57.

lost rhythm and a bit of shape at the end. What a final this is

:12:57.:13:05.

proving to be. Two gymnasts to go. Valeiev ski, of Russia and Great

:13:05.:13:14.

Britain's Louis Smith. Nakonechnyi is the oldest on the Ukrainian team.

:13:14.:13:24.
:13:24.:13:39.

the name of the game for him. That is a clear three-tenths Paul's.

:13:39.:13:49.
:13:49.:13:57.

Max Whitlock stay in contention He's trying his best to stay as

:13:57.:14:07.
:14:07.:14:38.

young Russians. The Russian pommel horse champion. He will try and get

:14:38.:14:48.
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circle but he rescued the swing. Got to keep as flat as you can. He

:15:02.:15:08.

lost the rhythm there. That will cost him. But he is not going to

:15:08.:15:18.
:15:18.:15:26.

part company with that horse, he's That was very good. There was a

:15:26.:15:29.

moment when I thought he was going to part company but he wasn't

:15:29.:15:34.

having any of it. It was as quick as you like and he fought his way

:15:34.:15:40.

through it, but not without deduction. Good for him because in

:15:40.:15:44.

the team final he made a bit of a mess which cost his team Dili, so

:15:44.:15:54.
:15:54.:15:59.

he will be delighted to have put Whitlock is guaranteed a medal.

:15:59.:16:09.
:16:09.:16:26.

won't score 15.6, I can't see it break on the dismount. I think Max

:16:26.:16:32.

can hold on to a medal position. Max was so clean, his style. He was

:16:32.:16:36.

always a tatty gymnast as a youngster, and he's improved so

:16:36.:16:46.
:16:46.:16:52.

Britain's Louis Smith. He has watched the competition unfold in

:16:52.:17:02.
:17:02.:17:13.

front of him. He knows exactly what guarantees Max Whitlock a medal!

:17:13.:17:23.
:17:23.:18:03.

routine in the locker if he needed handle... Going very well. He's

:18:03.:18:09.

done the second one. There is the spindle. This is going extremely

:18:10.:18:19.
:18:20.:18:39.

that is superb! For my money, that's where the gold medal. Yes!

:18:39.:18:44.

Louis Smith delivered under pressure. All eyes were on him.

:18:44.:18:51.

Goodness me, he didn't let anybody down there. Wow, what a fantastic

:18:51.:18:55.

performance from Louis! Whatever the result, he gave it his best and

:18:55.:19:00.

nobody can do more than that. Absolutely not. That was terrific.

:19:00.:19:04.

It's very easy for us to sit here and call that routine, but it was

:19:04.:19:09.

immense. He kept his style and kept his head. He pushed in an extra

:19:09.:19:17.

ration. He really is worthy of a high, glossy medal. We hope it is

:19:17.:19:23.

cold but it certainly should be silver. His style is so improved.

:19:23.:19:28.

Really clean, legs locked together, those feet stretched. That was the

:19:28.:19:32.

criticism of his work previously. He's put it all right. Fabulous

:19:32.:19:37.

difficulty. Look at the control on that dismount. That is the focus he

:19:37.:19:44.

has shown all the way through. We are looking at 16.066 to make the

:19:44.:19:54.
:19:54.:20:17.

the executions call was slightly lower than Berki's, Berki will take

:20:17.:20:24.

gold. It couldn't have gone any closer. Berki did not crumble under

:20:24.:20:29.

the pressure. Louis didn't crumble either. He went out there and gave

:20:29.:20:35.

it is very best shot. Well, what can you say? You can't say anything

:20:35.:20:40.

because there's no protest to be made. You can't protest on an

:20:41.:20:44.

execution score. These two know what it is like. And what a job he

:20:44.:20:51.

has done to take a bronze medal. Well, Great Britain two and three,

:20:51.:21:01.
:21:01.:21:07.

but there is your Olympic pommel Great Britain with a silver and

:21:07.:21:14.

bronze. But the way Berki one that gold under extreme pressure was a

:21:14.:21:18.

very great salute to him for doing that. Berki, double world champion,

:21:18.:21:28.
:21:28.:21:40.

European champion is now the was challenge enough, and then to

:21:40.:21:48.

set a target for Louis Smith to have to go for difficulty... He

:21:48.:21:53.

lost out on form, Louis, but you have to say congratulations to

:21:53.:22:01.

Krisztian Berki, who did not buckle under pressure. What a final and

:22:01.:22:08.

what a gymnast this man is. You are worth gold. Louis, a brave attempt

:22:08.:22:18.
:22:18.:22:26.

to match his score, but they have little breath of relief. Max weblog,

:22:26.:22:31.

he finds himself with an Olympic bronze. Louis and Max between them,

:22:31.:22:35.

what the job they have done but Great Britain. Silver and bronze in

:22:35.:22:40.

what used to be their nemesis apparatus. Now we are most

:22:40.:22:45.

consistent and probably the best team on this apparatus, well, we

:22:45.:22:49.

are this best team on this apparatus, in the world. A silver

:22:49.:22:54.

and bronze medal is just reward for their brilliance. But this man,

:22:54.:22:59.

when the pressure came he did not buckle. He is a worthy gold

:23:00.:23:05.

medallist, Krisztian Berki. European, world and now Olympic

:23:05.:23:15.
:23:15.:23:20.

champion. Max is still smiling - he of the Hungarians, going right back,

:23:20.:23:26.

they gave us these moves that are so common now. But they gave these

:23:26.:23:34.

moves over 40 years ago. So what a final that was. Gold de Berki and

:23:34.:23:39.

silver and bronze to Great Britain in the form of Louis Smith and Max

:23:39.:23:47.

Whitlock. How does that sound, Chris, to have two Olympic

:23:47.:23:52.

medalists? We have another chance to what Matt -- Max Whitlock's

:23:52.:24:02.
:24:02.:24:04.

so high above the handles. His style, as a junior he was quite

:24:04.:24:09.

untidy but always had great flair. This last year he has really got

:24:09.:24:17.

the quality of work along with the up to the mark. Legs are absolutely

:24:17.:24:21.

glued together. He's such a cool guy. I felt confident in the team

:24:21.:24:25.

final when he approached the floor. I think I felt the same this time.

:24:25.:24:29.

We've seen so much a one in this pommel Horse Final beforehand with

:24:29.:24:33.

Hidvegi coming up before him and Tommasone as well struggling. Max

:24:33.:24:38.

knew there was a chance. I noticed, just when he was sacked their

:24:38.:24:43.

before he went up, he gave a wry smile. He knew that he was in with

:24:43.:24:48.

a brilliant chance. My word, he took that opportunity with both

:24:48.:24:55.

hands. He got himself an Olympic bronze medal. Yes, he is the guide

:24:55.:24:59.

to do it. They brought him because he is quite inexperienced but he is

:24:59.:25:03.

the junior that has risen to the challenge and shown that he likes

:25:03.:25:13.
:25:13.:25:16.

Krisztian Berki. He was straight into those flairs, he didn't mess

:25:16.:25:21.

about. That was unbelievable work. He really did show his class. He

:25:21.:25:25.

kept his focus. What a challenge Max Whitlock set him. He knew he

:25:25.:25:29.

had to beat Max and then set a target that Louis would really have

:25:29.:25:37.

to work to achieve. The ultimate game of poker! Absolutely! And boy,

:25:38.:25:44.

he played a very strong hand. This was unbelievable from Berki. That

:25:44.:25:50.

little Hopper as he goes round. So Kouassi. When it boils down to the

:25:50.:25:56.

execution, can you argue with the judges there? No. The work he does

:25:56.:26:01.

on his single leg work is stratospheric - no one else swings

:26:01.:26:07.

single legs like him. There were very tiny problems perhaps in the

:26:07.:26:11.

shade on the Russians but apart from that, this guide, that was a

:26:11.:26:16.

performance that was unbelievable. Louis was always going to have to

:26:16.:26:20.

react to what happened in the competition. He came with two

:26:20.:26:23.

different routines in mind. The question was always going to be

:26:23.:26:33.
:26:33.:26:42.

which one would he do? This was the both handstands. I thought at this

:26:42.:26:47.

point that he was a little bit under pressure. He can do three

:26:47.:26:54.

Russians here. There is the first Russian, then he put the second in,

:26:54.:27:01.

which made it seven, but he left the third out. And then he quickly

:27:01.:27:10.

got into the spindle. He really did give it his very, very best effort.

:27:10.:27:18.

CHRISTINE STILL: The crunch was really that he and Berki ended up

:27:18.:27:23.

with the same difficulties Cormack. Yes, but this was the measure of

:27:23.:27:28.

his performance, total control, right at the end. To get the same

:27:28.:27:35.

score as Berki is an achievement. MATT BAKER: And what a release.

:27:35.:27:38.

When you think back, do you think he would have been feeling under

:27:38.:27:45.

more pressure here the he was in qualification? Oh, yes, he was

:27:45.:27:50.

under a huge amount of pressure. He had to come up with the goods. He

:27:50.:27:54.

has been consistent all the way through. To be fair to him, he

:27:54.:27:58.

stepped up the difficulty by a tenth. He knew what he had to do,

:27:58.:28:02.

and when you get the same score as the Olympic champion, and it comes

:28:02.:28:10.

down to style in the end, I thought that was fantastic. There is

:28:10.:28:16.

confirmation. Krisztian Berki is the Olympic pommel horse jumping.

:28:16.:28:24.

Louis Smith takes the silver, Max Whitlock the bronze. To have two

:28:24.:28:27.

gymnasts on the Olympic podium in the men's pommel horse, I mean,

:28:27.:28:33.

goodness me. You remember, Matt, from your days, how far we have

:28:33.:28:37.

come in the pommel horse. We are now the strongest team in the world

:28:37.:28:41.

on the pommel horse. We have got two medals in an Olympic Games. I

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cannot believe what we have seen. No, it it's fantastic. I do not

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think there should be any disappointment with Louis Smith

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with his silver. He has stepped up, he got bronze last time, this time

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he has got silver. He has improved enormously during this past year in

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style, performance, and that was a great performance, much to be

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celebrated. And from a difficulty point-of-view, he matched Berki, it

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is the hardest routine out there in the world. Well, he out did Berki

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on difficulty, and just lost it on style. What does that say about Max

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Whitlock's execution? Down on difficulty, but still in the top

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three. He is 19 years old, add a few more years of difficulty on top

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of that... Oh, yes, he is huge for the future, not only as a

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specialist, but all round as well. Jeremy pretty decent on every

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apparatus. I think he is going to be our star in four years' time.

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has been a key part of the British team, how well the young gymnasts

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have performed. We know on a European level how strong the

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British juniors are. The next Olympic cycle is going to be very

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interesting. It will be. Max Whitlock himself was junior

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champion in Europe on the pommel horse. The bridge between junior

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and senior is not a small one. And he has achieved it. He is now an

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Olympic medallist. Incredible. At 19 years of age. What a future he

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has. And we saw Louis Smith getting bronze in the last Olympics, and

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then suddenly Max Whitlock gets carried along with it - that's how

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it works. CHRISTINE STILL: Yes, it is the

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belief, the belief that it is not impossible to go out and to win

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medals. Beth Tweddle showed us first, and Louis Smith carried it

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on. They have been the inspirations for the next generation, and now,

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to be honest, the next generation expect to achieve. It is not a

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wonderment. In the Junior Europeans, they were first and second in the

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all round, and they one plenty of medals in the individuals. It could

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not be more emphatic than that for our juniors. Just a first-class

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performance. Our British lads came out here in front of such an

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expectant crowd, and they have just delivered superbly.

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ANNOUNCER: Max Whitlock! MATT BAKER: And the home crowd

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applauds 19-year-old Max Whitlock, who steps up to the podium to

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receive his Olympic bronze medal. MITCH FENNER: We thought when Louis

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Smith got bronze in Beijing that it was tremendous, but it has been

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emulated in the next Games by a younger gymnast. Fair play, that is

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terrific for British gymnastics. From South Essex gymnastics club,

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not to millions of miles away from Huntingdon, where Louis trains.

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unassuming young man, but now, he is among the best in the world,

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with his Olympic bronze medal. ANNOUNCER: For Great Britain, Louis

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Smith! gave his very best, matched the

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score of Berki, but on the countback, he just missed out.

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Absolutely fantastic. Louis had his coach with him from Huntingdon

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gymnastics club, and he has done a tremendous job. A tremendous moment.

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Great Britain's Louis Smith gets a silver in the Olympic pommel horse

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Olympic champion, Krisztian Berki! World champion, European champion

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and now, Olympic champion. What a career this man has had. He has

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been at the top of his game for so long. And it is so fitting, because

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it was the Hungarians who started so many things on this apparatus,

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they transformed it, and that was 35 years ago, when they started

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twisting and turning. He has taken on that legacy, and now, he is

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Olympic champion. This, his first Olympics, he took that opportunity,

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and he nailed it, absolutely nailed it. He came out here with the crowd

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absolutely in full voice for the British boys, and he handled it

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really well. And the pressure that he must have been under, to come

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out here in front of his home crowd, he was certainly up against it.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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Louis Smith takes silver croc Great Britain, and Max Whitlock, the

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bronze. It is always difficult, you're thinking, can they get gold?

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But Beth Tweddle summed it up, she said, if I leave that arena and I

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have done my best, I will be happy. Yes, and both of these two have to

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be delighted. They did not leave anything behind. No, they did

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everything that they could. To see Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase in the

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ruling yesterday, they gave absolutely everything, and they got

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silver. And to achieve exactly the same score, to lose it on the

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countback in the end, but I just go back to the performance of Berki,

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to stay calm in this arena, to produce what he produced, I mean...

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And then Louis steps up and he apps his difficulty, only by a tenth,

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but he did it. He knew what he had to do, and Berki is a worthy, were

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the Olympic champion. Louis gracious in taking his silver medal,

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really gracious. Once again, when you see the pictures of Berki, his

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leg extension, it is class. When you think of the pommel horse, you

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want to see the circling, it was absolutely textbook, really. You

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will always have the arguments about the execution versus the

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difficulty, but it has done a lot for British gymnastics. How would

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you describe our style of gymnastics, in Britain? It is

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immense. The standard for the future is guaranteed now. There

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will be hundreds of juniors coming through. A few of them will cross

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the bridge into senior level. They have now got a legacy to live up to.

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Smith and the team, the team bronze medal, and then to take two medals

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in this company, they have laid down a legacy for others to follow.

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And the future looks pretty good to me. Just the most incredible pommel

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horse Final. We have seen it all this afternoon. In the women's, we

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Featuring gymnastics: apparatus finals including the men's pommel, in which Britain's Louis Smith won bronze in Beijing, and team-mate Daniel Keatings will have been aiming to reach this final too.

Gymnastics: 2.00 Men's floor exercise final 2.50 Women's vault final 3.40 Men's pommel horse final

Gymnastics commentary: Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.


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