|Olympian Becky Downie won the all-around and led Great Britain to victory over Switzerland in a dual meet held Saturday in Gateshead, England.
Olympian Becky Downie won the all-around and led Great Britain to victory over Switzerland in a dual meet held Saturday in Gateshead, England.
Downie and three of her teammates finished first through fourth in the all-around, as the British gymnasts outscored Switzerland in the team standings, 168.70–152.85.
"It feels really great to put in a performance like I have today," said Downie, who placed 12th all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games. "I was really happy with beam and excited to be able to show off my new floor routine, so overall I'm very happy."
Recently crowned British all-around champion Hannah Whelan placed second (55.85), followed by Jennifer Pinches (55.30) and Danusia Francis (55.00).
Ariella Käslin, the 2009 European all-around bronze medalist and vault gold medalist, was the top Swiss competitor. She placed fifth all-around (53.10).
Great Britain vs. Switzerland (Women's Gymnastics)
Gateshead, England; Aug. 28, 2010
1. Great Britain "A" 168.70
2. Switzerland 152.85
1. Becky Downie GBR-A 55.95
2. Hannah Whelan GBR-A 55.85
3. Jennifer Pinches GBR-A 55.30
4. Danusia Francis GBR-A 55.00
5. Ariella Käslin SUI 53.10
6. Rebecca Wing GBR 52.75
7. Jocelyn Hunt GBR 52.15
8. Imogen Cairns GBR 52.00
9. Charlotte Lindsley GBR 50.85
10. Laura Edwards GBR 50.65
11. Linda Stämpfli SUI 49.80
12. Minu Krasniqi SUI 48.95
13. Jennifer Rutz SUI 46.85
14. Jennifer Senn SUI 46.35
15. Nicole Hibbert GBR-A 26.45 (2 events)
International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"The British Invasion" – including profiles on Downie and Whelan (June 2009)
"Swiss Hit" – Käslin profile (December 2008)
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