GB's rhythmic gymnasts' Olympic dream ends in tears

Britain's distraught rhythmic gymnasts see their chance of competing at a home Olympics slip away as they miss the score they had to achieve at the Olympic test event by just 0.273 marks - the equivalent of one error in a two-minute routine.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Gymnastics had told the team they must hit a score of 44.223 at the competition, 82% of the top score at last year's World Championships, to prove they would be competitive at London 2012. But they fell just short and the BOA is insisting there will be be no leeway.

The team, based in Bath, have largely funded their own Olympic bid with the help of their parents.

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