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Berki nabs pommel horse title, Great Britain earns 2 medals

London, England (Sports Network) - Krisztian Berki of Hungary won the gold medal in Sunday's men's pommel horse final, while Great Britain gymnasts took home the silver and bronze.

Brit Louis Smith posted the top qualifying score and on Sunday he logged a score of 16.066. That was even with Berki, the reigning world champion, but the Hungarian had a 0.100 higher mark in execution to win the gold.

"When I watched Louis Smith I thought that he could win as he had a very strong exercise. But the judges saw me as being the better performer today. To beat two British athletes and to do it in London is a great achievement," noted Berki.

Max Whitlock was a distant third, besting Italian Alberto Busnari by 0.200 to take the bronze.

Berki and Smith both attempted the most difficult routines on the pommel horse, making it a two-gymnast race. In the end, Berki became Hungary's fifth Olympic gold medal winner in this event, matching a record set by the Soviet Union.

He is the first Hungarian to win gold in this event since 1988.

"We're good friends," said Smith of his relationship with Berki. "We are great rivals, but we are good friends. If I was going to be beat by anyone apart from Max, then Krisztian Berki is that guy. He will go down as one of the greatest pommel horse riders ever, and the fact that I came second to him is something I'm proud of."

Smith, a bronze medalist in this event at the 2008 Beijing Games, was aiming to become Great Britain's first Olympic gold winner at any artistic gymnastics event.

08/05 12:34:35 ET


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