Tweddle grateful for men's team support

31 July 2012 / 20:53

Gymnast Beth Tweddle admitted the British men's Olympic gymnastics team bronze inspired the women's team to their best ever result at a Games in the post-war era.

Tweddle, Hannah Whelan, Imogen Cairns, Rebecca Tunney and Jennifer Pinches scored 170.495 to mark their best ever team result since the bronze medal won in 1928. The United States, silver medallists four years ago, won team gold with a total of 183.596 to put them ahead of Russia, with Romania claiming the bronze medal.

"The boys went out and smashed it yesterday and they've been on cloud nine ever since. It does inspire us," Tweddle told Press Association Sport.

"We came in today knowing that the four powerhouses were fighting for medals and we were fighting it out with the other countries. There were four tenths between us and Canada we can't be disappointed. Four years ago we didn't make the finals so at least we've made strides in these four years."

Experienced Tweddle revealed she took the advice from the history-making men's team, who yesterday won Britain's first Olympic team medal in the men's event in a century.

She said: "We saw them go out and they were really chilled and loved the atmosphere. They just said to us: 'Use the crowd to your max' and to be honest I had to use it today. For some reason I was just on a bit of a down day and they were the ones who helped me get through it. Luckily the routines are still good enough to help my team."

Tunney, at 15-years-old the youngest member of Team GB, also drew confidence from the men's historic medal.

She said: "It showed us that we are up there with all the other countries, in terms of the women as well as the men. It was definitely a surprise to see them get a medal and we came out and did what they did yesterday. They did the best they could do but so did we. We didn't medal, but we came in to this thinking we just have to enjoy it.

"We were just so happy to qualify for the final. The only target we had was to enjoy ourselves.

"Four years ago the team didn't qualify so it was a massive achievement for us to qualify. Today we came out and thought we just wanted to have to have fun."