Britain's rhythmic gymnastics team appeal Olympic axe
Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group have launched an appeal into their exclusion from the Olympic Games.
The team missed the required score set by British Gymnastics in the group all-around qualifying competition at the London Prepares test event last week, meaning a nomination would not be submitted to the British Olympic Association for a host nation place at London 2012.
Heartbreak: Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group have launched an appeal
However, they exceeded the same target in competition the following day and in a statement on their website, the self-funded team of Jade Faulkner, Francesca Fox, Lynne Hutchison, Louisa Pouli, Rachel Smith and Georgina Cassar announced their decision to lodge an appeal.
'At the Test Event, the benchmark score we were required to achieve was set at 45.223 over two routines,' the statement said.
'We scored 44.950 over two routines on Monday and Tuesday, and 47.200 over two routines on Wednesday.
Routine: British Gymnastics has so far refused to comment
'British Gymnastics has announced that a rhythmic gymnastics group will not be nominated for inclusion into Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games. We are appealing against this decision.
'Thank you to everyone who came to support us at the test event, and to the many, many people who have sent messages of support and encouragement to us in the past few days.'
British Gymnastics has so far declined to comment.
Hutchison's father, Brian, told the Bath Chronicle: 'They needed 82% of last year's winning World Championship score and ended with 81.5%. We are talking about the tiniest of margins.
'They have all worked so hard. It's frustrating to miss out like this.'
An online petition has also been launched to try and change the decision which has received more than 2,000 signatures.