Fifth place finish for GB women’s gymnastics team in Rio

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Team GB women’s gymnastics team have finished 5th in the Olympic team final in Rio, our best women's team result since bronze in 1928.

The team of Ellie Downie, Becky Downie, Amy Tinkler, Ruby Harrold and Claudia Fragapane finished with a team total of 174.362 to finish in 5th behind the USA who comfortably took the gold with 184.897, Russia silver (176.688), China Bronze (176.003) and Japan 4th (174.371).

Great Britain started off the competition on the bars with three clean routines, including a strong performance from Becky who scored a world class 15.400. Moving onto the beam, GB unfortunately had to count a fall with Ellie coming off early on whilst performing her extremely difficult standing Arabian somersault. They fought back however with Becky and Claudia performing clean routines to keep GB in the hunt. On to the floor the girls pulled back some vital marks with powerful tumbling from Amy, Ellie and Claudia and three scores into the 14’s. The girls then finished with some impressive vaulting with a huge 15.133 from Ellie, however it was not enough to make the podium this time around. It was a fantastic fight by the girls who competed in an extremely competitive team final with some phenomenal gymnastics.

Amy Tinkler: “It was my first Olympics so I just wanted to enjoy it and I’m really proud of the whole team. We’re really happy with fifth and went all out for it.”

Ruby Harrold: “We did really well and wanted to go out and enjoy ourselves at the Olympic Games. We have worked so hard and for long for this moment. I was finished early and then took up my role as team cheerleader which is something I really like. It’s bittersweet as my last Games. It’s nice to finish on such a high but am definitely looking forward to a new chapter."

Becky Downie: “I couldn’t have done too much more. I was fighting towards the end of that today but overall I’m really happy. It’s the team final so there is quite a lot of pressure going up there. The whole thing has been an amazing experience and exactly what I hoped. The team has done an amazing job and I’m just really proud of the girls.

I think Glasgow did set the expectation and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy here. We’ve all upgraded our routines since Glasgow and got more but the level of gymnastics has gone up again and we couldn’t have done anymore."

Ellie Downie: “I knew that I was up on all four pieces so I did feel the pressure a little bit today. It was definitely and amazing experience. I had a slight mistake on the beam but looking back at the total even if we add that score we still wouldn’t be in the medals. It’s always disappointing when you make a mistake but I knew I had to get up there and fight for every tenth and I think I managed to do that and my score was fairly decent even after the fall.”

Full results can be found on the official event website. 

Next up for the women, Ellie Downie competes in the all-around final on Thursday.  

Competition continues tomorrow with the men’s all-around final from 8pm UK time where Team GB will be represented by Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson

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