Downie recovers from fall to help GB into team final

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Ellie Downie

Ellie Downie is the sister of double European and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Becky

Ellie Downie recovered from hurting her neck in a bad fall to help Great Britain reach the women’s team gymnastics final at the Rio Olympics.

Downie, 17, was completing a somersault on the floor when she landed awkwardly.

She was assessed by medical staff and returned to compete on the vault.

Britain finished with a total of 174.064 and are currently third in qualifying behind China and Russia, with defending champions USA in action later on Sunday.

They are one of five teams left to compete in qualifying. The top eight progress to Tuesday’s team final.

Downie, meanwhile, is currently 12th in the all-around qualification and Claudia Fragapane 15th.

The top 24 gymnasts advance to Thursday’s all-around final.

“I crunched my neck,” Downie said. “It sounds pretty gross but I just felt dizzy before my last tumble.

“They put me in a wheelchair and I was like, ‘I don’t need a wheelchair.’

“I was better than I thought so I came back out and vaulted.”

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