Matt Baker has 'proved' his gymnastic credentials with a series of press cuttings to silence his doubters.

While these days the County Durhamborn star is best known for being a TV presenter, fronting the likes of The One Show and Countryfile, in his younger days he tasted success as a gymnast, winning a number of national prizes.

Many viewers aren't aware that Mattused to be a competing gymnast and some have questioned why he has been commentating on the gymnasticsat the Tokyo Olympics for the BBC.

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One critic took to Twitter to post: "So I have a lot of time for Matt Baker on Countryfile, but why on Earth is he doing commentary on the gymnastics?! Couldn’t they actually get someone who knows about gymnastics? Very distracting…

A second questioned: "Why is matt Baker even in Tokyo commentating on gymnastics?"

He actually hasn't been in Tokyo, with him and many of his BBC colleagues commentating on live Olympic action from the BBC studios back in England, having to watch athletes on small screens in front of them.

Defending Matt, one fan replied: "You could just effing google 'Matt Baker Gymnast' then check where he's commentating from but no, cos you're happy being a little k**b."

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And now Matt has defended himself by posting a selection of cuttings from his scrap book on Instagram, including one about him winning a national contest and another about him scoring a perfect 10 from a judge at the British Amateur Gymnastics Association at the age of 12.

He accompanied the clippings with the words: "For all those asking... here’s some clippings from my Old scrap book! As a lad gymnastics was my life...it taught me the simple recipe if you work hard you get a result.

"Without my sport I would never be where I am today ..."

A big fan of Matt's work, one fan reacted: "Matt Baker's gymnastics commentary puts him into national treasure territory, for me" while, admitting he didn't know about Matt's gymnastic past, Olympian Carl Hester told him: "I had no idea! great talent Matt."

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