D- Day for British Rhythmic Group


Today is the day that the arbitration panel decides if the British Rhythmic group should be eligible to compete at the London 2012 Olympics. At the London 2012 Test Event the group met the required international qualifying mark but on the first day of competition, just narrowly fell short of mark set by the BOA as the cut off for sending them to the Olympic Games at home.

Their argument has certainly pulled at heart strings all over the UK as the self funded gymnasts showed the following day that they capable of achieving the standard set by beating the set mark. Team captain Rachel Smith told BBC Radio 5 live Drive:

“We believed we could achieve it on any of the three days.

“We did the routine on the Monday and Tuesday and just missed out [scoring 44.950, with the target set at 45.223].

“After that routine we were told immediately that that was it, that was our last chance.

“We went through on Wednesday to smash the score by two whole marks [47.200].”

The team has appealed this decision and hired top Barrister Michael Beloff QC to fight the team’s case at the hearing in front of panel arbitrator Graham Mew. A verdict is expected to be delivered today.

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