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Louis Smith Laughs Off Critics Who Claims He's Sour Over Gymnastics Silver

He's poked fun at himself crying in the process.

15/08/2016 10:25 | Updated 16 August 2016

Team GB had a fantastic day in the gymnastics on day nine of the Olympics, with Max Whitlock taking two golds and Louis Smith winning a silver.

But some people claimed that Smith had refused to congratulate his teammate after he was pipped to gold in the pommel horse.  

The Daily Mail even labelled him "miserable" in its splash:

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But Smith was quick to set the record straight.

First he tweeted his congratulations to Whitlock:

And then proceeded to correct those claiming he had refused to congratulate him at the time. 

He also retweeted a picture of his reaction to being nudged off the top spot by Whitlock:

He then went on laugh off the criticism, posting a series of tweets about his mum’s reaction to watching him and poking fun at himself...

Well played Louis, well played.

In an emotional BBC interview, Smith said that the silver win was “just incredible” and explained how his performance in the team event had left him shaken.

He said: “I received so many negative comments when the team selection was made saying I shouldn’t be in the team.

“To have messed up in the team final and to have just over a week until now, I was dealing with a lot emotionally and mentally. It just means so much.”

He added: “It means so much.”

Team GB was left disappointed after finishing four place in the men’s team gymnastics on day three at the Olympics, with Smith being blamed by some after he fell during his pommel horse routine.

Although he was not injured in the tumble, the lost points didn’t help in Team GB’s bid to replicate their 2012 bronze win.

Many people seemed to feel that Smith’s hair was to blame of all things.

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