Tweddle and co target finals

29 July 2012 / 16:12

Great Britain's women's gymnastics team, led by three-time world champion Beth Tweddle, are looking to match the achievement of their male counterparts and qualify for Olympic finals.

Tweddle, 27, is competing in her third and final Games as she bids to win the one prize that has so far eluded her during her glittering career - an Olympic medal.

Tweddle's best chance of securing a podium finish is on the asymmetrical bars, where she has won two of her world titles and four of her six European titles, although Britain are also contenders in the team event.

The five-strong team of Tweddle, Imogen Cairns, Jennifer Pinches, Hannah Whelan and Rebecca Tunney started their qualification on the beam - arguably the toughest piece of apparatus on which to settle nerves.

However, Cairns did just that with an elegant performance which scored 13.366 as the United States team wowed the crowds with their high-scoring vaults on the other side of the arena.

Dressed in glittering red leotards, Britain still managed to stand out, especially Tunney, the youngest member of Team GB at just 15 who put on an assured performance on beam despite looking to be carrying a slight injury to the ankle she tweaked in training.

Britain then moved to the floor where the home crowd cheered every twist and tumble.

Pinches scored 14.100 from her routine to a version of Rolling Stones song 'Paint it Black' before Tweddle almost lifted the roof off the arena with her performance to James Bond theme 'Live and Let Die'.

Tweddle, who overcame a knee injury to compete at the Olympics, scored 14.433 in her routine before Britain rotated to their third piece of apparatus, the vault.