Great Britain win bronze in women’s team gymnastics as ROC upset USA and Simone Biles at Tokyo 2020

The British team was made up of Amelie Morgan, Alice Kinsella, Jessica Gadirova and Jennifer Gadirova

Jack Rathborn
Tuesday 27 July 2021 14:39
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Great Britain won bronze in the gymnastics women’s team event at the Tokyo Olympics.

It represented Team GB’s first women’s team gymnastics medal since 1928.

Amelie Morgan, Alice Kinsella and 16-year-old twins Jessica Gadirova and Jennifer Gadirova combined to finish on 164.096, ahead of Italy (163.280), Japan (163.280), France (163.264) and China (161.196).

Great Britain were trailing throughout the final, usurping Italy in the final rotation.

Morgan said after the presentation: “Absolutely incredible, we're all quite speechless, we've made history and got a medal.”

With Kinsella adding: “Qualification didn't go so well, so I just came here to smash my routine and enjoy it.”

And Jessica Gadirova paid tribute to her team: “I never thought it was possible, but it happened, we each played a massive part and we did it!”

The Russian Olympic Committee (169.528) won gold to deny Team USA (166.096) and American Simone Biles, who had hoped to add the first of what could have been six gold medals at the Games.

Angelina Melnikova’s floor routine condemned United States to silver for the first time since 2008.

Biles dropped out of the women‘s team event after one vault because of what USA Gymnastics described as a “medical issue” but will still receive a silver medal.

It is the first gold for the Russian team since the Unified Team triumphed in Barcelona in 1992 and came a day after the ROC men’s team edged Japan for the top spot in the men’s final.

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