GB women gymnasts achieve their best-ever finish

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Beth Tweddle wows the crowds in Japan

Great Britain's women gymnastics team achieved their best-ever result as they finished an impressive fifth in the World Championships in Japan.

Beth Tweddle led the way, producing a stunning uneven bars routine to help them qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

The team are hoping their strong performance in Tokyo will give them a better chance of winning a team medal at the Olympic Games next year.

Britain's women have not won an Olympic medal of any kind for over 80 years.

The team's previous best showing was set in Holland last year, when the women finished seventh, so everyone was delighted with this result.

"We've been training so hard and to come out and do 12 routines with no mistakes is all we can ask for," said Beth, who's expected to retire from the sport after the London Games next year.

The rest of the team was made up of Hannah Whelan, Imogen Cairns, Danusia Francis, Jenni Pinches, Laura Edwards and Rebecca Downie.