Great Britain’s Worlds Team Announcement

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This year’s world championships host country has finally announced their squad selected to travel to Glasgow following several tests both domestic and international in the previous weeks.

2008 Olympian Becky Downie leads the team alongside her 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 worlds teammates Claudia Fragapane, Kelly Simm, and Ruby Harrold, all of whom will return to the Hydro Arena where they dominated last summer.

They will be joined by Downie’s younger sister Ellie Downie, this year’s European all-around bronze medalist who is in her first year of senior competition, and fellow new senior Amy Tinkler, this year’s British champion. Charlie Fellows will once again serve as alternate.

“The British girls are fully prepared and ready to aim for Rio,” says women’s head national coach Amanda Reddin. “The girls we have selected blend a mix of great experience with some younger faces who have already proven themselves in major championships. For Becky, Claudia, Ruby, and Kelly it’s a return to the Hydro Arena where they’ve all experienced great successes last summer. These girls also competed at last year’s world championships where the team placed sixth in China. For Amy and Ellie, this is their first world championships but both showed at the European Championships that they can excel at this level. We’re all excited to get to Glasgow and begin the competitions knowing that we will have amazing support from the home crowd who can help give us that extra edge as we fight for Olympic places.”

As a team, the Brits should have no problem making the team final and thus qualifying the full team to the 2016 Olympic Games. It’s a very strong team capable of some of their greatest results to date, with beam the only event that looks a bit weak. But they more than make up for it with multiple DTYs on vault, several great bars sets from the Downie sisters, Harrold, and Simm, and some fantastic tumbling on floor, especially from Tinkler (Fragapane could also help here, though injuries have limited her to bars and beam in recent weeks).

The Downie sisters have the greatest medal potential for the team this year, as Becky has one of the strongest bars sets in the world while Ellie is capable of big scores on nearly every event and could make several finals in addition to challenging for a top five all-around spot. With Fragapane’s limitations and Harrold looking a little weak on her best event, I don’t think they’ll repeat their event finals spots on floor and bars, respectively, but Simm and Tinkler could be surprise event finalists if they hit in qualifications.

Missing from the team is recent comeback kid Rebecca Tunney, who has competed a few times since making her return but hasn’t managed to get full difficulty back and still looks a bit tentative, especially on beam. New senior Tyesha Mattis was once in contention, but opted to withdraw this year to focus on continuing healing so she can come back strong for 2016.

Overall, this is not a team that really needs to worry about securing a spot. However, with the field looking very tight, consistency needs to be the name of the game.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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