Louis Smith has been the root of a Twitter storm after fans accused him of refusing to shake Team GB's Max Whitlock's hand after he won gold in the Olympic pommel horse event.
Whitlock made history by claiming Great Britain's first two gold medals in gymnastics in the space of three hours on Sunday night, but it came at the expense of Smith, who had been in first place up until Whitlock's routine.
The penultimate man to go in the final, Whitlock managed to secure a score 15.966 pushing Smith, on 15.833, down to second place. It was the same colour Smith earned in the London Games four years previous and may have ended his chance to ever win an Olympic gold.
Understandably, Smith looked devastated by his narrow defeat and was quickly comforted by the triumphant Whitlock. However, some fans were quick to accuse Smith of rejecting Whitlock's offer of a handshake, and criticism was intense following the dramatic events.
Most of the speculation came from the moment Whitlock's score was announced. Camera's turned to Smith, who appeared to utter the words 'that's bulls***, man'. Smith vehemently denies this, instead claiming he said 'should be proud, man' to the man he was hugging.
The Daily Mail have since spoken to a lip-reading expert, who conveniently backs up the more controversial claim that he said a swearword.
Professional lipreader Tina Lannin said: "I lipread everyone around me, all day, every day of my life, and swear words are the easiest to see."
As previously mentioned, there was a lack of warmth between Whitlock and Smith in the immediate aftermath of the event and the latter struggled to hold back the tears. But once the eyes had dried, Smith took to Twitter to defend his name and directly responded to some of his vociferous critics.
In another effort to quell this storm in a teacup, Smith spoke of his admiration for Whitlock, calling him an 'an absolute star'.
He said: "Max was unbelievable. I kept my eye a little bit on the floor final. it's hard to keep your composure when your teammate has gone out and won a gold medal.
"Max has been an absolute star in this competition."
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