Great Britain's women crowned qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning their first world team medal after claiming bronze at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow on 27 October. Trailing Russia going into the final apparatus, Ellie Downie scored 15.133 in a dramatic climax to ensure GB finished on the podium.
The team of Becky Downie, Ruby Harrold, Amy Tinkler, Claudia Fragapane, Ellie Downie and Kelly Simm had already confirmed their place in Rio next summer by reaching the final but their achievement in claiming an unlikely medal behind the victorious US team and China, who took silver, enhances their bid for Olympic glory in 12 months' time. The men's team which includes Louis Smith and Max Whitlock go in the men's final on Wednesday [28 October].
GB women's best finish at a World Championships was fifth in 2011, and they looked set to miss out on a medal again. Heading into the final apparatus in fourth position, Fragapane, who won four golds at last year's Commonwealth Games in Scotland's second city, and Tinkler performed solidly on the vault before Ellie Downie's pulled off a stunning landing to create history. Russia meanwhile suffered poor performances on the bars and beam to drop out of the medals.
Downie said: "It was quite nerve-racking, I could hear the crowd and all of the girls getting behind me. I'm so proud of these guys I love them all so much!"
Older sister Rebecca Downie added: "I think we all knew that we had a shot coming into it today and I just tried to keep the girls just as relaxed as we could. We went shopping earlier, we've just had a chilled out day and tried to keep the mood pretty light. After the first mistake on bars, I was like, it's never over until the end that's what GB is about we fight for everything and I am so proud of all of them, it's just amazing!"