The dream of 16-year-old twins to help seal the gymnastics team’s medals comes true


The pair of 16-year-old twins “dreamed” after helping the British women’s gymnastics team win an extraordinary bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The team of Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan, twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova won the first women’s team gymnastics medal since 1928.

The quartet, called “great foursome” by Team GB on Twitter, totaled 164.096, with the Russian Olympic Commission winning the gold medal and the US team winning the silver medal for the first time since 2008.

Holding back tears, 16-year-old Jessica Gaddirois told the BBC:

“I didn’t think this was possible, but it did happen,” she said.

Born to Azerbaijani parents in Dublin, Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova trained at the Aylesbury Gymnastics Academy and recently completed a GCSE at a school in the town of Buckinghamshire.

Asked how he feels about their historic victory, 18-year-old Morgan tells BBC Sport:

“I don’t think we can believe it at all.”

Morgan, who is very similar to her teammates, is a twin.

Her brother Finley Morgan is also a gymnast who competed at the national level.

Born in Essex, Kinsella (20 years old, daughter of former soccer player Mark Kinsella) had a tough personal qualifying session on Sunday after the victory.

She told BBC Sport:

“It feels really great to let go of the bronze.

“I have no words.”

Emma Bowden