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French Seniors Defeat British Hosts
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Pauline Morel led the French senior team to victory in a dual meet hosted Saturday by the British team in Blackpool, England.
Pauline Morel

Morel, who placed 21st all-around at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, won the all-around in Blackpool by 0.15 points over Great Britain's Becky Downie. British gymnast Laura Jones was third (57.25), over France's Laetitia Dugain (56.70).

Tied for fifth were France's Marine Petit and Great Britain's Hannah Whelan (56.55). Petit placed 16th all-around at the 2007 Worlds.

2007 world floor exercise bronze medalist Cassy Vericel (France) finished ninth all-around.

Two-time French Olympian Isabelle Severino competed on three events only, and tied Downie for the highest score of the day on balance beam. Severino, who will turn 28 on April 9, placed sixth on balance beam at the 2007 Worlds.

In the team finals at the 2007 Worlds, France and Great Britain placed sixth and seventh, respectively, and qualified full teams for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

 

<France vs. Great Britain
March 15, Blackpool, England

Senior Team
1. France 229.300
2. Great Britain 227.500

Senior All-Around
1. Pauline Morel FRA 58.250
2. Becky Downie GBR 58.100
3. Laura Jones GBR 57.250
4. Laetitia Dugain FRA 56.700
5t. Marine Petit FRA 56.550
5t. Hannah Whelan GBR 56.550
7. Hannah Clowes GBR 56.250
8. Marissa King GBR 55.550
9. Cassy Vericel FRA 55.200
10. Melanie Roberts GBR 54.950
11. Rebecca Wing GBR 54.250
12. Hannah Freeman GBR 52.700

Junior Team
1. Great Britain 219.65
2. France 216.050

Junior All-Around
1. Youna Dufournet FRA 58.200
2. Danusia Francis GBR 55.700
3. Jennifer Pinches GBR 54.800
4. Niamh Rippin GBR 54.000
5. Nicole Hibbert GBR 53.800
6. Jordan Lipton GBR 53.550
7. Chloe Stanic FRA 53.300
8. Marine Brevet FRA 52.150
9. Cecile Chaumard FRA 52.050
10. Lea Kemayou FRA 51.500
11. Katie Moffatt GBR 51.000
12. Marie Gaffino FRA 50.800

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