British coach Colin Still couldn't hide his disappointment as Heathrow Gymnastic Club's Rebecca Wing and her team-mates narrowly failed to qualify for the gymnastics women's team final in Beijing.

The team had been hoping to make an Olympic final for the first time in their history, but their results in qualifying left them in ninth position, with only the top eight advancing.

To make matters worse they had to spend nearly five hours waiting to learn their fate on Sunday, as other teams gradually eclipsed their early score.

It went down to the wire with France's team performance on the last apparatus the deciding factor.

In the end France nailed it, squeezing Britain into ninth place - just 0.75pts short of making it through - although a ninth place qualifying finish was a record for Britain's women's team.

And Still reckons the inexperience in the side - Wing only turned 16 last month - counted against them in the end.

"There was more in the tank and they never released it," he said.

"Training had gone well, but out there I thought they produced maybe 10 per cent less than what they had trained.

"They are inexperienced, and I think it was nerves that got to them."

Wing, who trains under Michelle and Vincent Walduck at the Heathrow Club in Green Lane, Hounslow, produced a series of solid, if unspectacular, performances on her Games debut.

The beam was her stand out apparatus, and at her tender age, she will have plenty more chances to land an Olympic medal.

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