Alice Kinsella needed a team to help her bury her beam demons and clinch a historic silver medal at the World Championships.
Great Britain was hot on the heels of the United States, aiming for a sixth straight team title, when Kinsella fell off the beam on the penultimate rotation.
It was an embarrassed echo of his last major championship on home soil, the Commonwealth Games, when mistakes on this piece cost him medals in all-around and apparatus.
But Kinsella got back up and delivered a solid floor routine to cement the silver, Britain’s top finish at the World Championships and an Olympic quota place.
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She said: “I had to put the mistake behind me. It was hard but having the girls around me really helped me.
“I just wanted to go out there and absolutely smash the ground, trust myself, trust my training and that’s what I did.
“It helps to have such an amazing team around me. They lifted me up because I was a bit down. Without them I couldn’t have done it.”
Kinsella snagged a ticket to Paris 2024 at the earliest opportunity alongside Jessica Gadirova, Jennifer Gadirova, Ondine Achampong and Georgia Mae Fenton.
The 21-year-old is the most consistent performer on the UK schedule and first made a name for herself on beam, winning the 2018 Commonwealth and 2019 European titles.
She qualified 13th for the all-around final on Thursday evening alongside Jessica Gadirova, the darling of this championship.
The 18-year-old’s stunning new floor routine, which premiered this week, wowed the Liverpool crowd and wowed the jury who awarded marks for its execution.
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He is behind on the difficulty rate attempted by Olympic champion Jade Carey, but earned a full point more for execution than any other gymnast.
This makes her an undeniable favorite for Sunday’s floor final, the very last event on the championship schedule.
Gadirova said: “I’m so proud that I was able to help the team score and set up this routine. Doing the floor was amazing, my tumbling was amazing and I could hear the crowd cheering me on.
“I wanted to give them my best performance and I’m so happy. Everyone loves music and dancing, which makes me so happy.
“I felt I was very close and just tried my best. I fought and when I caught the low bar I just tried to get away from it and chase the rest of the routine.
The silver was Georgia-Mae Fenton’s first medal at her fifth world championships, the day before her 22nd birthday.
On her world debut, Ondine Achampong was a picture of composure, posting the fifth-best vault and fourth-best score on beam.
The United States was rock solid for a sixth consecutive gold medal and Canada won a fairy tale bronze medal, its first-ever women’s team medal.
The Liverpool 2022 Gymnastics World Championships will be one of the biggest international sporting events ever to be held in the city. Over 500 gymnasts from over 70 countries will compete at M&S Bank Arena from October 29 to November 6, 2022. Tickets are available at www.2022worldgymnastics.com/tickets.