Rhythmic Gymnastics: Jones finishes last after loss of club control

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Great Britain's Francesca Jones missed out on the final of the individual all-around event of the rhythmic gymnastics.

Russia dominated qualifying with a top-two finish as reigning champion Evgeniya Kanaeva led the way ahead of Daria Dmitrieva after the final two rotations, clubs and ribbon, to live up to her title of hot favourite with a score of 116.000 after all four pieces of apparatus.

Kanaeva leapfrogged Dmitrieva (114.525) into top spot after her fellow Russian had led the way overnight following the ball and hoop routines.

Jones, Britain's only representative, finished 24th, the last place, with a total of 94.625 after 23.900 with the ribbon and 21.975 with the clubs, following on from yesterday's hoop (24.200) and ball (24.550) routines.

It meant the end of the road for the 21-year-old at her debut Olympic Games, and she was disappointed with the result after she lost control of one of her clubs in her final appearance in the competition.

"I'm really sorry I just couldn't do it justice," Jones said. "I'm very disappointed. It's such a mistake. You can't control it. There was nothing I could do to control it. I tried my best and I'm so grateful to be here."