Debut-making Simm helps GB to World sixth

Kelly Simm. Picture: Sarah Standing (141944-4004)
Kelly Simm. Picture: Sarah Standing (141944-4004)
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Kelly Simm helped Great Britain to sixth place in yesterday’s team final at the World Championships.

The Whiteley star, who won Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow earlier this year, joined forces with Hannah Whelan, Becky Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Gabby Jupp and Ruby Harrold in Nanning, China.

And in a high-quality final – won by the USA, with China and Russia completing the podium – the Brits recorded a combined total of 168.496 points.

Having waited patiently for her opportunity, Simm executed superb double twists to score 14.766 on the vault.

Simm, along with Jupp and Fragapane, was making her World Championships debut.

And while the team fell narrowly short of Britain’s fifth spot in Tokyo 2011, Downie reckons they can be proud of their efforts.

‘Overall we can be really pleased,’ she said.

‘It was an incredible atmosphere out there and we all held it together as a team and put in strong performances.

‘Of course we would like to have been in the medals but we are definitely happy and proud to have a team that is looking so strong and that is progressing so well.

‘The younger girls came in and showed they are more than ready for the major competitions and that’s really exciting for GB looking ahead to the next Olympics.’

Downie herself starred on the bars – leading the way with a superb score of 15.100.

She was again the top scorer on the beam, as she posted 14.033.

Fragapane’s 14.533 was the stand-out display on the floor before Simm’s effort on the vault, her sole event, was only bettered by Harrold with 14.800.