Cairns helps GB team to solid result

PORTISHEAD gymnast Imogen Cairns has helped Great Britain’s artistic women’s team achieve their best Olympic result for more than 80 years.

The 23-year-old was part of the group of five who took to the apparatus at the North Greenwich Arena yesterday (Tues) for the team final.

Imogen was selected to compete for Great Britain in 2012 after coming back from serious injuries she suffered following her Olympic debut in Beijing, which left her unable to walk properly for six months.

Despite a shaky start in yesterday’s final, which saw GB gymnast Jenny Pinches fall off the beam, the team finished in sixth place, only 0.4 behind Canada.

Imogen, whose coach Liz Kincaid from Portishead’s Academy was also at the event, posted scores of 13.5 on the beam and 14.266 on the vault.

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The team members were pleased with their result in the team final, which was the first Great Britain’s women had reached since 1984.

The final victors were the USA team, which finished on a score of 183.596.

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Russian claimed the silver medal with a score of 178.350 and Romania the bronze with 176.414.

Olympic champions from 2008, China, were pushed into fourth spot after scoring 174.430.

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