Team GB gymnast Ellie Downie won lots of new fans with a brave vault after a crushing fall during her floor routine


Team GB's Ellie Downie took a nasty tumble during the women's gymnastics qualifying rounds - more than enough to make any TV viewer wince.

But, after a quick check-up, the 17-year-old from Nottingham showed her fighting spirit by returning to the competition and pulling off an amazing vault.

Britain's Elissa Downie performs on the vault at Rio 2016 (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)
Ellie Downie bounced back with a great vault (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Ellie said she heard a "crunch" when she fell on her neck during her floor routine and had to be helped from the floor and put in a wheelchair.

Team GB gymnast Ellie Downie was helped up after landing on her back in Rio 2016 qualification (Julio Cortez/AP)
Ellie was helped up after landing on her back (Julio Cortez/AP)

But that didn't stop her, and she is deservedly getting a lot of kudos from a new legion of fans.

Ellie said she missed a tumble and "landed on the top of my back and felt a bit shaky" but later posted a message on Twitter to say she was given the all-clear by the medical team.

Message posted on Twitter by Olympic gymnast Ellie Downie (@elliedownie/Twitter)
Ellie didn't want to let down the Sass Squad (@elliedownie/Twitter)

Ellie's sister Becky, 24, admitted it was tough to see the fall but had to make sure herself and the rest of the team kept their focus to qualify, which they did in fourth place behind the defending champions the United States, China and Russia.

Despite the setback, team-mates Claudia Fragapane and Ruby Harrold are keeping the belief alive for the Sass Squad ahead of Thursday's final.

And it's fair to say that 16-year-old Amy Tinkler was pretty happy after a fantastic performance put her safely into the individual floor final.

Amy Tinkler scored an impressive 14.600 on the floor in qualifying for Rio 2016 finals (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)
Amy Tinkler scored an impressive 14.600 on the floor (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)