GB raise bar as medal eludes

GREAT Britain’s women failed to follow the men’s team’s impressive lead after finishing sixth in the gymnastics, though the result was still their best in the post-war era.

It was USA who won gold after the previously impressive Russia struggled under pressure as the American’s momentum grew to build a lead that would not be overcome.

“You can’t be disappointed,” said Britain’s Beth Tweddle. “Obviously we’ve dropped from qualifying but it’s not a major disappointment. Four years ago we didn’t make the final, at least we’ve made strides in the past four years.

“We came in knowing the four powerhouses were fighting for the medals and we were fighting with the other countries.”