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BRI­TISH gym­nast and for­mer win­ner Louis Smith has been roundly crit­i­cised for his sulky be­hav­iour af­ter be­ing pipped for Olympic gold on the pom­mel by team-mate Max Whit­lock.

Smith slumped on the floor of the Rio arena and didn’t con­grat­u­late Whit­lock while other ri­vals who lost out did.

Smith said later he did pay his re­spects to him, but if he did it wasn’t caught on cam­era.

On the podium he blubbed and looked mis­er­able, spark­ing a vol­ley of Twit­ter abuse call­ing him a sore loser.

But where does he fit in the list of sports’ great­est ever bad losers, which in­cludes these gripers..? SIR Alex Fer­gu­son, him­self never the great­est fan of los­ing, once de­scribed Arse­nal boss Arsene Wenger as the Premier League’s ‘worst loser’.

Whether it was spats with Mark Hughes or Martin Jol, or shov­ing Alan Pardew on the touch­line and al­leged pizza-throw­ing at Manch­ester United, Wenger’s rap sheet of post-de­feat strops reads like a list of Christ­mas DVDs.

Wenger once said there was ‘no room for good losers’ in the Premier League. He cer­tainly lives by that phi­los­o­phy. TEARS ‘N’ CHEERS: Smith blubs as Max shows off gold

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