There was disappointment for the British women’s team at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Doha as they missed out on a top 8 qualifying position and the final by just 0.107 marks. Kelly Simm, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Alice Kinsella, Ellie Downie and Becky Downie combined to score a team total of 160.964 points to agonisingly place in 9th position.
By placing in the top 24 nations Great Britain comfortably qualify for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart from which the top nine countries (not including those that medal at this event) progress teams to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
There were standout performances from Becky Downie who produced a stunning bars routine to qualify her for the final whilst sister Ellie showed her all-around credentials to qualify for that final alongside Kelly Simm.
Becky scored 14.400 for her bars routine to place in 8th spot and make it to Friday’s final where, with potentially more difficulty to add to her routine, she could be a medal contender. Ellie made a welcome return to major competition after 18 months out, the 2017 European all-around champion showing she’s returning back to form with a total score of 53.532 to place 11th in the ranking. Kelly Simm had a confident competition on all four apparatus playing an important role leading the team off on vault and bars to give her a total of 53.099 for 15th , with the top 24 gymnasts progressing to Thursdays all-around final.
Becky Downie said after: “My attitude is to always go out and enjoy it because I don't know which major championships is going to be my last these days. I didn't want to go out of the worlds by taking too big of a risk in qualifying, but now I feel like I've got nothing to lose, and I've got so much to be proud of however things turn out. I know what I'm capable of but it's a really strong final and I've got to get through what is a real physical monster of a routine. But I've been working on it a long time and if I can pull it off it will be pretty special."
The finals begin tomorrow with our men’s team in action, coverage will on BBC2 13.00-15.00 and Red Button 14.55-16.30.