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Tweddle salutes dream team

July 30, 2012 16:02 pm

Gymnast Beth Tweddle has hailed the "amazing" achievements of her Great Britain team-mates ahead of Tuesday's Olympic team final at the North Greenwich Arena.

Tweddle was the undoubted star of the show during qualification, first wowing the crowd with an entertaining floor routine to James Bond theme 'Live and Let Die', before she produced a stunning uneven bars performance which secured her a place in the apparatus final.

However, the British team - Tweddle, Imogen Cairns, Hannah Whelan, Rebecca Tunney and Jennifer Pinches - also qualified fifth in the team event behind powerhouses United States, Russia, China and Romania to book their place in a team final. It was the first time a British women's team had qualified for the final since 1984.

"They've done amazingly well," Tweddle said of her team-mates.

"There's so much talent. Hannah Whelan, she took two European bronze medals [on the floor and beam] - only the second person in Great Britain to take a European medal. And Rebecca, she's just 15 years of age and she's walked into an arena of I don't know how many thousand people.

"Hannah went out and did double twisting Yurchenko [in qualification] which she's never competed on a full podium before. Then our bars team total was the best I think we've ever recorded as a Great Britain team. We can't ask for more than that."

Tweddle also reserved praise for Cairns, the second most experienced member of the team.

She said: "Imogen is clean and consistent. That's why they put her up first on beam. She's been to major championships, she knows what the pressure is like and she knows how to handle that pressure. With Hannah and Jenni with great all-around displays it worked perfectly."

Tweddle believes the close bond between the gymnasts, with Tunney, Whelan, Pinches and herself all training at the same gym in Liverpool, means they can compete even better as a team.

"We are practically sisters," the three-time world champion said. "We know each other inside out. As someone said the other day, you know how to cheer them up and if someone's getting a bit giddy you know how to pull them back down to earth."

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