Commonwealth Games 2014: Scotland’s Daniel Keatings pips England's gymnastics pair in the pommel horse

Louis Smith and Max Whitlock were favourites for the event

the Secc Precinct

The changing of the guard in British gymnastics was completed tonight when Louis Smith had to settle for a bronze medal in the pommel horse, his specialist event, behind Scotland’s Daniel Keatings and Max Whitlock, Smith’s team-mate.

Keatings took a rapturously received gold medal ahead of the two Englishmen, the favourites for the event. After two silvers in the team event and the all-round behind Whitlock and his English team-mates, this was Keatings’ moment as he claimed Scotland’s 14th gold medal of Glasgow’s Games.

The 24-year-old produced the performance of a lifetime in front of his home crowd and was rewarded with a medal that will go some way to erasing the disappointment of being left out of the British team for London 2012.

Whitlock and Smith, the team leader, had helped spark the boom in British gymnastics with medals at London 2012 and it was Smith who set the standard then with silver in the pommel horse.

Keatings was dogged by injury in the build-up to those Games and after not being selected he came close to turning his back on the sport. Smith did quit for a time and in his absence Keatings returned to the British team. Now it is Smith struggling to make it into the red, white and blue, as tonight’s positioning on the podium demonstrated.

Keatings seized his chance brilliantly, breaking the 16-point barrier. He scored 16.058, Whitlock 15.966 and Smith, in his first major competition since the London Games, 14.966.

Whitlock’s third gold of the Games came in the opening event of the afternoon with an immaculate performance on the floor. He scored 15.333, leaving him ahead of Canada’s Scott Morgan, who was awarded 15.133. Keatings was denied a medal after a crowd-pleasing routine was marred by him putting a foot out of bounds. That apart, the overall quality of his performance hinted at what was to come.

“It was amazing to be in front of a home crowd and do probably one of my best routines,” said Keatings. “I’m ecstatic to have won.”

England’s Claudia Fragapane collected her third gold of the Games – at the grand old age of 16 – with victory in the vault.

Fragapane took all-round gold on Wednesday to go with team gold. Today she achieved an average of 14.633 to take the gold from Canada’s Elsabeth Black.

“I’m only 16 and I thought it was going to happen when I was a little bit older so it was a big shock,” said Fragapane of her treble triumph.

Sport
England's women celebrate after their 3rd place play-off win against Germany
Women's World CupFara Williams converts penalty to secure victory and bronze medals
News
newsHillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Sport
wimbledonScot will face Ivo Karlovic next
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test