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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Success for GB gymnasts

31st July 2012

Team GB's gymnasts have won an Olympic bronze medal in a thrilling final.

It is the first time Great Britain has won an Olympic medal in the sport for 100 years and it was almost silver.

Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Dan Purvis put in strong performances to beat off strong competition from the United States and Germany to place in second position behind China.

However, an appeal from the Japanese team in fourth place was upheld and it meant officials had to reassess the result.

Japan's coaches questioned the pommel horse score awarded to Kohei Uchimura and, after several minutes of discussions, the decision was made to increase the Japanese total putting them ahead of Great Britain and Ukraine.

"British gymnastics has been growing and growing," said Smith, who performed well on the pommel horse and is hoping for a medal in the individual round of the competition.

He added: "Now everyone will be more motivated than ever. This means so much and we've still got finals left. It's a beautiful day for the sport and for British gymnastics."

It is hoped that the women's squad will also be able to put in a strong performance in the team event which takes place today (July 31st). Leading the squad is GB's most experienced gymnast Beth Tweddle. It is likely to be the last Olympics for the 27-year-old due to an on-going knee problem but she is hoping to finish her career with a Games medal to add to her six European titles and World Championship golds.

Tickets are still on sale for a number of events so people staying in central London hotels may be able to purchase seats for the individual gymnastic finals that take place on August 1st and August 2nd.

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