Sunday was a good day for Great Britain gymnast Max Whitlock.
Just over two hours after taking gold in the floor exercise Whitlock won his second gold medal of the day, as he won the pommel horse competition. Whitlock’s score of 15.966 was .133 better than that of countryman Louis Smith, who in taking silver won his third Olympic medal in the pommel horse. After taking bronze in Beijing eight years ago, Smith took silver in London in 2012.
Taking bronze was American Alex Naddour, earning the United States’ first medal in men’s gymnastics in Rio. He’s also the first American to medal in the pommel horse since 1984, when Peter Vidman took gold and Tim Daggett the bronze.
Naddour’s score of 15.700 was one tenth of a point better than that of France’s Cyril Tommasone, with Russia’s David Belyavskiy and Nikolai Kuksenkov finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.