Harrold and Tunney learn lessons from world finals debut

04 October 2013 / 23:15

Ruby Harrold and Rebecca Tunney insisted there were lessons to learn from their debut in a gymnastics World Championship final.

The two British teenagers placed 17th and 19th in a high-quality women's all-around competition won by American Simone Biles in Antwerp.

Harrold struggled on the beam before producing a crowd-pleasing routine on the floor and solid scores on the vault and her signature uneven bars.

Tunney also started her competition with a stutter on the beam and stepped out after an explosive run of tumbles on the floor, she rebounded with a strong vault but concluded with a fall on the bars.

"It wasn’t the best competition for me but to be in a world final is already a huge achievement," said Harrold, 17, who will also compete in Saturday's uneven bars final. 

"I need to remain positive and look forward to competing again. To make two finals in my first worlds is great and I’m hoping to end on a high."

British champion Tunney, the youngest member of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, was also a little downbeat with her performance.

"I’m disappointed but it’s my first World Championship and the first of the Olympic cycle, so I’ll pick myself up and work hard in the gym," she said. 

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