Jenni helps Great Britain women’s gymnasts to best Olympic finish in decades

Jennifer Pinches, of Great Britain, performs her balance beam routine in the artistic women's team final at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Andy Hooper/NOPP.
Jennifer Pinches, of Great Britain, performs her balance beam routine in the artistic women's team final at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Andy Hooper/NOPP.
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WHALEY Bridge teenager Jennifer Pinches was in action as Great Britain women’s gymnastics team produced one of their best-ever performances at an Olympic Games.

Pinches, making her first appearance on sport’s biggest stage, was a member of the Team GB squad which finished sixth in Tuesday’s final of the artistic gymnastics team competition, held at London’s North Greenwich Arena.

The 18-year-old put in a gutsy performance, recovering from a fall on the beam to produce solid routines on the floor and vault.

Great Britain came sixth overall with a score of 170.495 - the best finish in a women’s gymnastics team final since winning a bronze medal in 1928.

Pinches was quick to thank her fans for their support, and on Twitter afterwards posted: “Thank you for all the support every1! My dreams have come true being in the Olympics - and achieving the best British result ever!”

One of only two of the GB squad of gymnasts to compete on three of the four apparatus in Tuesday’s final, Pinches shrugged off her slip-up on the beam, for which she scored just 11.833, to post scores of 14.366 on the floor and 14.833 on the vault - the tenth and 14th best scores respectively.

United States took the gold medal, with Russia winning the silver ahead of Romania in third.