Team GB secure their first women’s team gymnastics medal in 93 YEARS after producing stunning fightback to take bronze… pipping Italy in the final round having been as low as SEVENTH earlier in the competition
Great Britain claimed a first women’s team gymnastics medal since 1928 as they delivered an extraordinary bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.
The team of Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan and 16-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova impressed throughout and moved above Italy in the final rotation.
The Britons totalled 164.096, with the Russian Olympic Committee taking gold and the US team settling for silver for the first time since 2008.
Medal hopes looked to fading after the first two pieces of apparatus which saw British as low as seventh but after working their way back up the standings, A 14.033 from Morgan on the final floor helped land the unexpected bronze.
Simone Biles’ bid to claim her first Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo Games suffered a major setback as she was forced to withdraw after one rotation.
Biles misjudged her opening vault, scoring 13.766, the lowest of the first rotation, before leaving the floor briefly with the US team trainer.
Although the 24-year-old returned, she put on her tracksuit and did not compete again as the Americans finished second.
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