Britain's rhythmic gymnasts fall short

LONDON -- Britain has fallen short of the required qualifying score and will not be able to compete in the rhythmic gymnastics group event at this summer's London Olympics.

Britain's rhythmic group needed to score 45.223 at the test event at the O2 Arena, which also served as a second Olympic qualifier. But the team fell .273 short Tuesday, finishing with a score of 44.950. Britain appealed, but it was rejected by the International Gymnastics Federation.

Frankie Jones had already given the host nation a spot in individual rhythmic gymnastics, qualifying at last fall's world championships. Britain also will send full teams in both men's and women's artistic gymnastics, a first since the boycotted Games in 1984.