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