Hucknall gymnast Becky Downie shines in China for Team GB

SIX OF THE BEST -- Becky Downie (third from right) with her British teammates in Nanning this week.
SIX OF THE BEST -- Becky Downie (third from right) with her British teammates in Nanning this week.

Brilliant Becky Downie, of Hucknall, was the star performer as Team GB turned in an impressive performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China this week.

Becky (22) was the top points’ scorer for the women’s squad on both the uneven bars and the beam as Britain bagged sixth place in the team final.

Now she is full of confidence ahead of her tilt for a medal in her individual bars event this Saturday.

“Pretty damn awesome, if you ask me!” declared Becky to her 12,400 followers in Twitter after the women’s team final on Wednesday.

“Of course we would like to have been in the medals,” she admitted. “But we are definitely happy and proud to have a team that is looking so strong and that is progressing so well.”

Team GB’s performance in the eight-team final followed up the silver medal they won at the European Championships and the gold at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

And given the squad is so young and included three world championship debutants, the omens are good for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“We can be really pleased,” added Becky. “It was an incredible atmosphere out there, but we all held it together as a team and put in strong performances.

“The younger girls came in and showed they are more than ready for the major senior competitions, which is really excciting for GB looking ahead to the next Olympics.”

In a high-quality final, Becky lined up alongside Hannah Whelan, Ruby Harrold, Claudia Fragapane, Kelly Simm and Gabby Jupp. They finished just short of their record-breaking fifth place at the Tokyo world championshios of 2011. But their points’ tally of 168.496 left them just three behind the bronze medallists, Russia. The gold was won by the USA, with China second.

Becky’s display left the British Gymnastics Association representative drooling. He said: “She glided effortlessly around the bars, showing all her experience. The beam was stylishly performed. Becky showed a lovely combination of skills and not the slightest sign of a wobble.”

Now all attentions switch to the bars final, for which European champion Becky qualified in sixth place, less than a point behind the top three, who all hail from China.