August 06, 2012 Sport

Peterborough’s Louis Smith found the silver lining after his Olympic dream of Gold was dashed by the narrowest of margins and is set to return home a true hero.

He graciously accepted an agonising decision that saw him miss out to world champion Kristian Berki in the men’s pommel horse final in London by a whisker.

Louis said on BBC Breakfast today  – “It couldn’t get any closer could it? What a performance, the best performance I’ve ever done, at the biggest competition I’ll probably ever do in my life – what a time for it all to come together. I’m very happy. Me and Max (Whitlock) up there with the best in the world.”

We all thought ESP cover star Louis had scooped the gold and there must’ve been gasps across the city – and the world – as the final score came up. He admitted that he thought he’d done enough in the close run competition – “Just missing out on the gold, it was hard.”

The 23 year-old from Eye, is the captain of the men’s  gymnastic squad and proved his maturity and sporting spirit shaking Berki’s hand and celebrating with his team mate Matt Whitlock who followed in Louis’ footsteps from Beijing and scooped the Bronze.

Louis added -  “I’m over the moon – it’s a step up from bronze and to perform that routine under pressure and just to get the job done, it is a fantastic achievement.”

It is indeed and all his home town supporters are now eager to see him return to celebrate his amazing achievements. He’ll return a double medalist at London 2012 after taking Bronze in the men’s team event earlier in the Games.

Although Louis stated in an interview on the BBC after the event that he would – “be back with a vengeance in four years” - it’s still not entirely clear what his plans are after stating earlier he was uncertain about another Olympic bid.

One thing that is certain is that Peterborough is going to want to hold one hell of a party for our gymnastic star – bring it on!

Louis’ followers on Twitter have rocketed to 73,000 and after the competition Louis tweeted -“Wow, crazyyy. What a mad day. Loved the support at the North Greenwich Arena although it was mad scary. Love all my fans and friends.xxx”

Louis was ESP’s first male cover star in 12 years and we don’t doubt everyone will be seeing more of the gymnastics poster boy for quite some time. Well done Louis – job done!

Photos: Top image – Alan Edwards, inset images of Louis by Mike Harris for ESP Magazine, bottom image Louis at home with his Mum Elaine after he won Bronze in Beijing by Emma Bothamley for ESP Magazine.