23/06/12 Echo Arena, Liverpool: 15 year old City of Liverpool gymnast Rebecca Tunney produced a sensational all-around performance to be crowned the 2012 senior women's artistic British champion.
In her first year as senior Rebecca showed sublime composure to produce clean routines on all four pieces of apparatus ending on beam where she showed extraordinary control under pressure to seal the title with 56.750 points.
Rebecca’s victory is made all the sweeter as the championships formed the final Olympic trial ahead of the team announcement made on July 4th.
Jennifer Pinches took the silver with strong performances on floor, vault and beam leading her to a score of 56.350. 2012 champion Hannah Whelan sealed the City of Liverpool podium domination scoring 55.800 despite a fall on beam.
Imogen Cairns placed 4th with 55.500, Niamh Rippin 5th with 55.050 and Danusia Francis 6th scoring 53.700.
Beth Tweddle was the top scorer on bars (15.750) and on floor (14.650) which she competed for the first time following her recent injury.
Rebecca Tunney: “It’s totally unexpected to win. The main focus with it being the Olympic trial was to stay clean and I thought if I did that I could get maybe in the top 5 but to win is incredible. The trials have all gone really well for me so it’s now just up to the selectors to decide what works best for the Olympics. The first year as a senior couldn’t have gone better really and I’m really enjoying competed in front of big crowds. Having won the junior title last year and moved straight up to win seniors is brilliant, I’m very happy.”
Jenni Pinches: “I’m really happy with today’s competition. Everyone knows how crucial today was and to compete cleanly was really important. My routines went well and I just hope I’ve impressed the selectors with what I’ve done today. To medal at the British championships against some amazing gymnasts is a big achievement so I’m delighted.”
Hannah Whelan: “It wasn’t a perfect competition today but I still took the bronze medal so I can’t be too disappointed and I know that finishing near the top has got to help my chances of making the Olympic team which is the most important thing. This year I think I’ve improved a lot, winning two medals at the Europeans was a big boost and proves that on my day I can produce.”