Fifth-place finish for North Somerset gymnast at Rio Olympics

Great Britain's Amy Tinkler, Becky Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Ellie Downie followin

Great Britain's Amy Tinkler, Becky Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Ellie Downie following the women's team gymnastics final at the Rio Olympic Arena on the fourth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

North Somerset gymnast Ruby Harrold helped her teammates secure a historic fifth-place finish in the all-round team final at the Rio Olympics last night (Tuesday).

Britain's Ruby Harrold is congratulated by a coach after a performance during the artistic gymnastic

Britain's Ruby Harrold is congratulated by a coach after a performance during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) - Credit: AP

Harrold, who lives in Langford, got her team off to a good start with a difficult routine on bars.

The fifth-place finish for Harrold and her team means it is the best Great Britain’s women have done in the gymnastics since 1928.

Harrold’s opening score was 14.833. It had a difficulty of 6.3, and she received a score of 8.533 out of 10 for her execution.

Afterwards, Harrold tweeted to say: “Whether we’ve got a medal around our neck or not, we’ve made history for the country.”

https://twitter.com/RubyHarrold/status/763177676295241728

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Harrold’s team were competing alongside the United States, who took the gold the medal, and have one of the best gymnasts in the world in their squad in the form of Simone Biles.

Russia took silver, China won the bronze medal and Japan came fourth, just 0.09 points ahead of the British women.

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