Bath rhythmic gymnasts rue Euro errors
Lynne Hutchison says the Great Britain rhythmic gymnastics group will be working harder than ever to iron out the mistakes which blighted their European Championships performance last week.
The team, who train at the University of Bath, finished 16th overall in Russia after recording scores of 22.325 in the ball routine and 21.825 in the hoops and ribbons.
They were significant improvements on Britain's scores at the 2010 championships but below the standard the team have achieved at other competitions this year.
And Hutchison admitted: "We have improved a lot since last time but we have the potential to have improved a lot more.
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"Full-time training has made such a huge difference in the past year and we have set our standards a lot higher, so we are really disappointed we didn't do as well as we should have.
"We were aiming for much higher scores but there were mistakes in both routines. I don't think it was down to nerves, we just had a bad day.
"We will just train harder than before and make sure we don't have a competition like that in the Olympics."
The squad – made up of Hutchison and fellow City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club member Francesca Fox plus Rachel Smith, Annie Bartlett, Georgina Cassar, Jade Faulkner and Louisa Pouli – will next be in competitive action at the World Cup in Belarus next month.
Before then, they will be performing a display in front of the UK's top solo gymnasts at the British Championships.