Imogen Cairns and Jennifer Pinches help Great Britain finish sixth in women's team gymnastics Olympic final

Olympics: Ex-Fromeside duo help Britain make gymnastics history

Imogen Cairns in action at the Olympics

Jennifer Pinches in action at the Olympics

First published in Sport

TWO former Fromeside members helped Great Britain record their best post-war women's gymnastics team result at the Olympics.
Imogen Cairns and Jennifer Pinches, who both learnt their trade with the Winterbourne-based club before moving away from the area, got over some personal disappointments to  help them finish sixth in the North Greenwich Arena.
Cairns was overlooked for her favourite discipline, the floor, while Pinches fell off the beam, but both recovered to contribute to a performance the whole team - also including Beth Tweddle, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan - declared themselves happy with.
The pair and their GB team-mates went into the final not fancied to take a medal and seeking to live up to their level just behind the heavyweight contenders.
And they did precisely that at the North Greenwich Arena while the giants of the sport vied for podium places, USA taking a convincing gold with 183.598 ahead of Russia and Romania, Britain in sixth with 170.495 and Canada only marginally ahead on 170.804.
That was good enough for Cairns despite misgivings at missing out on the floor.
"I'm absolutely gutted not to do the floor, gutted," she said.
"It got me down a bit but what can you do? That's my discipline. It's the best thing I've got.
"You want to do yourself justice, so we're happy to have come away with sixth.
"I don't know if it was because I was 19 in Beijing and less experienced, but here people are saying 'it's an Olympic Games' and it doesn't really feel like that.
"We know a lot of the people around the competition, like the volunteers at the venues, the flag bearers and so on, and it's all more normal."
Pinches dusted herself down after her tumble and was pleased with how she had responded, even managing to laugh about her mishap.
"I didn't get settled into the competition quite quick enough," the 18-year-old said.
"Physically, coming off the beam didn't hurt - it was just my ego that was hurting.
"It's a bit embarrassing to do that in the Olympic final. But I got a couple of personal bests and overall we're pleased."
Having battled injuries to make it to the Games against the odds, Cairns, 23, said she would now consider her future in the sport with the toll on her body having told.
She said: "I've worked so hard to get here and I don't know if my body can take much more of it. I had said two years ago that London wasn't possible, and here I am, so you never know.
"I love doing choreography and when I'm not training I'm helping the other girls.
"I'll probably go into coaching but I don't want to go straight from competing to coaching - I want to do other things first."

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