Hunt is over for Jocelyn

Great Britain's Jocelyn Hunt competes on the Uneven Bars during the Visa International Gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena, London.
Great Britain's Jocelyn Hunt competes on the Uneven Bars during the Visa International Gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena, London.
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Jocelyn Hunt’s Olympic dream is over after she missed out on selection for London 2012.

The Stubbington gymnast’s name was not among the five selected for the women’s artistic gymnastics team.

Instead, three-time world champion Beth Tweddle led the women’s selection when it was officially announced yesterday.

Imogen Cairns, Jennifer Pinches, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan took the four remaining berths.

Tunney, who is just 15 years old, will be Team GB’s youngest athlete at London 2012.

She probably edged ahead of Hunt at the recent British Championships in Liverpool.

The 17-year-old former Ville Gymnastics Club member was eighth, while Tunney claimed a surprise victory.

For Hunt, however, the Liverpool event less than a fortnight ago probably sealed her fate when she was unable to shine.

In both the vault and the beam she failed to make the final.

She did reach the final in the uneven bars though, and grabbed 11th place.

But in what has been her strongest suit in recent times – the floor – she was only sixth.

Ville coach Tina Field – who worked with Hunt for six years during her early career – felt the GB selectors may have opted for safety first.

Field said: ‘I think with some of the other injuries in the team, they may have had to pick gymnasts to cover different areas.

‘Her bars are the weakest part of her gymnastics and perhaps the selectors felt they needed a bit more strength in that area.’

– STEVE WILSON