Harefield Gymnastics Academy's junior trio Ciara McGrath, Sophie Burfield and Katie Smith won Silver in the 5th World Age Group Championships at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on Sunday.
Sophie, 15, from Ruislip, was competing for Great Britain for the first time, but refused to be overawed by the occasion. "I have gone in a year from 11-16 class to a Junior World Silver! It's amazing," she said.
In the qualifying rounds there were few surprises, with the British trio qualifying second on 57.3 behind Russia on 57.5, and ahead of Belarus's 57.25. Trios from Ukraine, France, Poland and Bulgaria performed respectably but could not touch the leaders.
The Harefield trio began their exciting Dynamic routine with a double straight full-in backout, a somersault attempted by no other Junior trio in the competition, and scored 28.5.
Only the Russian trio of Kuznetsova, Belichko and Ternovykh could beat the British. Showing good flight and precision, albeit with some stumbles in their dance, they went into the lead with 28.7 at the end of the Dynamic round.
In the Balance round, Belarus performed a beautiful Swan Lake routine with impeccable skills and high difficulty, to earn 28.8.
Russia followed with very difficult skills, precise moves and a punchy dance routine to gain the same 28.8.
The Ukrainian trio also took 28.8 in a romantic routine, with difficult skills perfectly executed. Tension was high as the British trio entered, wearing a flame design leotard.
They performed a series of perfect balances to score another 28.8, leaving them second overall after two routines.
The final Combined routines included both Balance and Dynamic moves.
The crowd gave a huge cheer for the British trio who executed all their skills perfectly, including a completely flat planche on handstand skill, to end with a brilliant score of 28.85.
One of the Russians stumbled in their routine, but despite this the judges awarded them 29.0.
In a nailbiting finish, Belarus used Irish dance music and included an amazing uplift to handstand skill from floor, but achieved an overall 28.75.
Ciara, Sophie and Katie from Hare-field had won Silver for Great Britain!
A relieved Ciara said, 'All the hard work paid off. There is so much difference being at the Harefield Academy - we wouldn't have got to trials without them and there was tough competition for the squad place.'
Katie said: "I'm really, really happy. We did the best we could."
Coach Natasha Maxwell said: "Well done to the girls. We knew we were up against all the Russian-speaking nations in the judging, but our gymnasts had the skills. All they needed to do was to hold it together mentally, and they did it!"
Great Britain came away from Glasgow with three Golds, four Silver and a Bronze, achieving a medal position in eight out of 10 categories and second only to Russia.