GB into team final

10 May 2012 / 20:40

Great Britain qualified in third place for Saturday's team final of the European Women's Championships in Brussels.

Hannah Whelan led the way with an all-round score of 57.633 points and also got through to the beam and floor finals with fourth place in both exercises.

The British team totalled 169.431, with Ruby Harrold qualifying with fourth in the bars and Rebecca Tunney sixth in floor.

The team line-up was completed by Danusia Francis and Jenni Pinches and made no major mistakes on their way to the final.

Without Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie and Imogen Cairns, the team still hope to repeat the podium finish of 2010 when GB took silver.

Whelan said: "Everyone was so professional and did their job today. The new seniors were so composed it was brilliant, we have great strength and produced brilliant routines."

Harrold added: "It was an amazing competition, a really good atmosphere and we competed really well as a team."

Tunney, like Harrold aged 15, said: "I competed at the 2010 junior Euros but that was nothing like here, with a full crowd, it was really great I enjoyed every minute of it."

The championships continue with the junior all-around finals on Friday with Angel Romaeo and Gabrielle Jupp competing for Britain.