Great Britain’s Kat Driscoll finished an agonising ninth in the individual trampolining qualification round on Saturday, just one place away from progressing to the finals of the event at North Greenwich Arena.
Team GB’s sole trampolinist, Driscoll produced a superb performance to finish ninth and record Britain’s best ever Olympic Games result. She was eighth and set to scrape into the finals until the very last routine edged her out.
Driscoll scored 46.335 for her ‘set’ routine which sees the gymnasts complete a compulsory list of moves and then backed it up with a complex ‘voluntary’ routine.
She scored 54.650 for a qualification total of 100.985 and 9th place, just agonisingly missing out on the final, knocked out by the last competitor in qualifying American Savannah Vinsant.
A disappointed Driscoll said: “I’m proud of my routines but to just miss out on the final in front of a home crowd is pretty devastating. It’s the highest ever finish for a Brit and the experience was unbelievable something I’ll never forget.
“People say the crowd can be pressure but for me it’s like having a big hug, it was amazing!”
The Women’s Sports Magazine