Tuesday, 21 August 2012

2012 Olympic Games - Rhythmic Qualifications Day 2

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Britain’s Francesca Jones finished 24th in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition scoring 94.625 points.

The six time British champion excelled at Wembley Arena, embracing the crowd to produce a mainly stunning display over the two day qualification process which at one point saw her on track for GBR's highest ever Olympic placing, but was let down by mistakes in her final clubs routine.

Although the result wasn’t enough for her to make the top ten final, it is still considered a fine performance by Frankie who has proudly led the sport in Britain for the last decade. Following up from a very positive first day with the ball and hoop, which had her placed in 21st, Frankie continued to shine with a beautiful opening ribbon routine scoring her 23.900 but fell apart with the grand finale, the clubs, which began well but mid-way one club flew off the floor and she had to scramble to re-focus, pick up the reserve club, and finish for 21.975.

A tearful Frankie said "At the moment I'm just so sorry to have let everyone down with my last routine. The support has been beyond my imagination and to not quite do it for them is devastating for me. The Olympic experience has been unbelievable but at the moment I just want to say sorry to everyone."

Team GB’s rhythmic group of Rachel Smith, Louisa Pouli, Georgina Cassar, Francesca Fox, Jade Falkner and Lynne Hutchison, finished in 12th place after two fantastic performances. The Team GB group put in a superb display with their three ribbons and two hoops on the second day of qualifications, the crowd loved every minute of the spectacular performance which earned them 23.850 for total of 48.000 and 12th place. 

Again, although they did not do enough to make the final, the group really did themselves, the sport and the country proud with two fantastic routines as Britain’s first ever group at an Olympic Games.

Lynne Hutchison- group- "To strike that final pose and hear the crowd's reception was unbelievable and shows that all the months of hard work were worth it. We have proved we can compete on the same stage as these amazing groups and I really hope people have been inspired by what we've achieved."

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