London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith won pommel horse gold at the FIG World Challenge Cup in the German city of Cottbus today ©Getty Images

Britain's Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith won the gold medal in pommel horse at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Challenge Cup at the Lausitz-Arena in Cottbus today.

In his first international outing of 2016, Smith scored a total of 15,100 points to finish ahead of Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, second with 15,000, and Slovenia’s Saso Bertoncelj, third with 14,700.

Ukraine narrowly missed out on top honours in the pommel horse but it was not the case in the rings as Igor Radivilov prevailed with a total of 15,500 points.

The 23-year-old, winner of an Olympic bronze medal in the vault at London 2012, was joined on the podium by Brazil's Henrique Medina Flores on 15,366 points and Belgium's  Denis Goossens on 15,033.

European Games silver medallist Sophie Scheder ensured success for the home country, taking the uneven bars crown with a total of 14,900 points.

China’s Xiaofang Zhu came second with 14,733 points and Poland’s Gabriela Janik was third with 13,266.

Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina won gold in the vault
Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina won gold in the vault ©Getty Images

There were also gold medals today for Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina and Brazil’s Diego Hypólito in the vault and floor events respectively.

The 40-year-old Chusovitina, winner of an Olympic silver representing Germany at Beijing 2008, posted 14,700 points with Wu Jing of China scoring 14,350 for second and Slovenia's Tjasa Kysselef 13,966 for third. 

Two-time world champion Hypólito scored a winning total of 15,466 points, beating Slovenia's Rok Klavora’s 14,866 with the Slovenian finishing just ahead of Verniaiev on 14,833.

More than 100 gymnasts representing 34 countries are competing in the event in Germany, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

It is the penultimate Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Series event before the Rio 2016 test event, the final qualifier for the Olympics, scheduled to take place from April 16 to 22.