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Louis Smith's Olympic hopes

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Teenager Louis Smith will be competing for Britain in the men's gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics.

The 19-year-old's main event is the pommel horse but he will also take part in the men's all-around.

He was the first British male to win a medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart last year when he collected bronze on the pommel horse.

After setting down in Beijing, he answered some of our questions on his ambitions for Beijing and his rivalry with club team-mate and fellow Olympic hopeful Daniel Keatings.

How do you think Smith and Keatings will do in Beijing?

With Britain also having a women's team competing in Beijing, is the future bright for gymnastics in this country ahead of 2012?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Louis and Danny have a great chance of getting to the Pommel Final and then on the day you never know, Danny also has a good chance of doing well All round and hopefully will make the final 24.With the Junior Men's Team taking the European Championship Title this year ahead of Russia, the Men's side are definately on the move. The Juniors coming through to challenge Danny and Louis for a 2012 berth are definately there. How far they can go is another question, it is always difficult in any sport to get that transfer from Juinor to Senior level. This obviously brings up the funding issue, with the proven medal winning quality potential we now have, will UK Sport back them with a Centralised System? Look what this has done for Cycling? GB will never have a better chance of not only qualifying for 2012 but winning medals, due the coaches and coaching set up and the quality of the gymnasts we now have.

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