It was a fourth-place finish for our senior women in the European team final at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow. The British team of Kelly Simm (Dynamo/Southampton), Georgia-Mae Fenton (East London), Alice Kinsella (Park Wrekin/Telford), Taeja James (City of Birmingham) and Lucy Stanhope (City of Liverpool) fought back well after a difficult beam rotation but unfortunately missed out on the medals ending their competition with a score of 157.263 and 4th place.
Russia were victorious once again with 165.195, ahead of top qualifiers France in silver (161.131) and the Netherlands in bronze (159.663).
The young British team started strongly on the bars, with three solid routines to kick start their competition. Unfortunately moving on to beam, Kelly began confidently but then had to count two falls. Georgia-Mae and Alice both had clean routines but some wobbles and missed connections left the team needing some big scores to fight their way back onto the podium. The comeback was strong, with impressive floor routines and an almost flawless vault rotation but sadly it wasn’t enough to push up into the medals.
Kelly Simm: “I’m so proud of the team for the way we picked ourselves up after beam. Personally, I’m so disappointed to have fallen but I feel like we really re-grouped well which is the important thing. For some of the girls this is their first senior championships for Great Britain and they did themselves proud. We’re disappointed to miss out on a medal but the experience of competing in such a big final is important to our progression going forwards. I now need to pick myself up for the bars final tomorrow.”
Taeja James: “I got the call on Wednesday to replace Becky Downie. We’ve all been working as a squad so I felt prepared. My job today was to do a good job on floor. I felt a bit of pressure with it being my only piece but I’m really happy with my routine and to have posted a high score for the team. The experience of competing in this arena with the team was great.”
The competition continues tomorrow (Sunday 5th August) with the individual apparatus finals for both the junior and senior women. Follow our channels for all the latest news and updates.