A bittersweet moment for Britain's Louis Smith. The Olympic gymnastics bronze medalist was a favorite to win gold at the weekend World Championships at London's O2 Arena ... but a tumble from the pommel horse ruined his chances. China's Zhang Hongtao won the world title.
The hometown favorite was "greeted like a rock star as he entered the arena" and decided to debut a more difficult routine never used in a competition before. Smith tells Reuters: "I could have played safe and got a bronze but the whole idea is for me getting ready for 2012 and if I'm going to have any chance of getting a gold there, then I have to be doing these hard routines."
The crowd at the O2 literally "gasped" in shock at the fall, Reuters reports. Only days before Smith's qualifying performance was ranked third and described by the BBC as "devastatingly absorbing stuff". A spot-on description for Smith who is looking extremely fit in all the right places these days ...
Watch Smith's tumble ON THE JUMP.