Louis Smith pommel fall leaves Team GB gymnasts out of medals in all-around

• Smith laments late change to harder pommel routine after Britain finish fourth
• Kohei Uchimura leads Japan to gold, as Russia take silver and China bronze

It was job done for Kohei Uchimura as the all-around genius of gymnastics finally filled in his Olympic gold collection with Japan’s first team gold since 2004. But there was mission failure for Great Britain, who had high expectations after finishing second to Japan in last year’s world championships, and ended up just out of the medals.

Earlier this week Nile Wilson admitted that the British men’s team are “adrenalin junkies” – apparently one of their favourite group activities is to watch horror movies – and this final was full of nerve-shredding moments that might haunt them for some time. While they stayed in contention throughout, mistakes cost them dear, and when Louis Smith fell from the pommel on their final apparatus, their challenge was over.

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