Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Final


After a 100 year wait The British Men’s Gymnastics Team have just written a new chapter in the history book of our sport by claiming Bronze in the Men’s team final; for a fleeting moment it was actually Silver, until a successful appeal from the Japanese team that saw them elevated into second position.

In front of a very noisy and patriotic home crowd, the GB team of Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Daniel Purvis, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham put in an outstanding performance to secure the bronze medal. This was narrowly ahead of Ukraine who themselves have improved enormously in this Olympic cycle with a very talented young team.

The usual Gymnastics powerhouses of the USA, Russia, Germany and France finished 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively but just made too many major errors in the first couple of rotations and were always chasing the top four teams. Let’s not underestimate these great nations though as I am sure they will bounce back even stronger.

The outstanding performances of the day had to go to Louis Smith who yet again performed his extremely difficult routine flawlessly to score 15.966, a score that could really secure him an individual Gold next Sunday. Also outstanding was Daniel Purvis for executing his difficult Floor routine in the final rotation and under immense pressure to score 15.533. But I really do have to take my hat off yet again to Kristian Thomas who at this moment in time is in the form of his life and put in outstanding performances on Rings 14.433, Vault 16.550 (which was the highest score of the competition), High Bar 15.200 and, under immense pressure on Floor, Kris needed to nail the final routine of the day to secure a medal and he did just that with a huge score of 15.433 to claim the Bronze medal.

British Gymnastics has now won a medal at every major championships in this Olympic cycle since Beijing and our history book now has so many new chapters – OUR SPORT REALLY IS HEALTHY and YES, IT CAN STILL GET BETTER :-)


Cheers, Dan