Jones misses out on rhythmic final
August 10, 2012 16:01 pm
Russia dominated qualifying in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around event with a top-two finish as Great Britain's Francesca Jones missed out on a place in the final.
Reigning champion Evgeniya Kanaeva led the way ahead of Daria Dmitrieva after the final two rotations, clubs and ribbon, to live up to her title of hot favourite with a score of 116.000 after all four pieces of apparatus. Kanaeva leapfrogged Dmitrieva (114.525) into top spot after her fellow Russian had led the way overnight after the ball and hoop routines.
Jones, Britain's only representative, finished 24th, the last place, with a total of 94.625 after 23.900 with the ribbon and 21.975 with the clubs, following on from Thursday's hoop (24.200) and ball (24.550) routines.
It meant the end of the road for the 21-year-old at her debut Olympic Games, and she was disappointed with the result after she lost control of one of her clubs in her final appearance in the competition.
"I'm really sorry I just couldn't do it justice," Jones told Press Association Sport. "I'm very disappointed. It's such a mistake. You can't control it. There was nothing I could do to control it.
"I tried my best and I'm so grateful to be here. The support has just been phenomenal. The support of everybody has been amazing. I couldn't have imagined so much support from everybody. The whole spirit of Team GB has been amazing."
The six-time British champion produced a clean routine with the ribbon to follow on from her overnight 21st place but struggled with the clubs to leave her last in the rankings.
The top 10 gymnasts will now compete for the medal positions in Saturday's final at Wembley arena. After a strong performance on Thursday, Dmitrieva lost ground after two fumbles during her clubs routine.
However, despite the mistake, she eased into the final due to the high difficulty tariff of her routines where she will face Dmitrieva, Azerbaijan's Aliya Garayeva who qualified in third and Bulgaria's Silviya Miteva in a strong field.
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