World Gymnastics Championships: GB women clinch three final spots in Montreal

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GB's Amy Tinkler starts strongly in Gymnastics World Championships
World Gymnastics Championships on the BBC
Venue: Montreal, Canada Date: 2-8 October
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Great Britain's women gave strong performances to reach three finals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

Olympic floor bronze medallist Amy Tinkler only recently returned to training after injury and has been suffering with a cold.

But the 17-year-old qualified for the all-around final in 13th place.

Alice Kinsella's place was less certain but she did enough to go through to Friday's final.

Claudia Fragapane scored well on the floor, while Georgia-Mae Fenton performed well on uneven bars but just missed out on the final.

The British team were taking part in the first of five qualifying subdivisions and had to wait more than 24 hours to find out if they made the cut.

"I'm absolutely buzzing with my performance," Tinkler told BBC Sport after scoring 52.831, despite a fall on uneven bars.

"I only started back training seven weeks ago after an ankle operation and I've been ill this week with a cold.

"I did have a fall on bars but hopefully I can correct that."

Claudia Fragapane
Claudia Fragapane was part of the Great Britain team who finished fifth in the team event at Rio 2016

Wobbles from Fragapane on the beam ended her chances of reaching that final but 13.933 on the floor proved enough to make that final.

"I was so happy after floor. I just need to go out there and do the best routine that I could," said the 19-year-old.

In their senior World Championships debut, 16-year-olds Kinsella and Fenton both gave confident displays.

Kinsella faced a nervy wait to see if her 51.365 total would take her into the all-around final, but Fenton missed out on the bars final despite scoring an impressive 14.533.

"I'm really pleased with that score. I was quite surprised at how relaxed I was," said Fenton.

"Obviously there's pressure when you're doing just one piece - but I think I handled that."

Men's places confirmed

Earlier, finals places were confirmed for Max Whitlock (pommel), Courtney Tulloch (rings) and Nile Wilson (all-around) as men's qualifying was concluded.

Olympic champion Whitlock topped the pommel horse qualifying with 15.3 as he looks to defend his world title on Saturday.

Tulloch will aim to be the first British gymnast to win a medal in a world rings final, which is also on Saturday.

And Wilson will take part in Thursday's all-around final, although he was just squeezed out of the high bar final - the apparatus in which he won Olympic bronze last year.

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