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UK gymnast Downie returns 'burnt out' but defiant after Olympic heartbreak

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UK gymnast Downie returns 'burnt out' but defiant after Olympic heartbreak

KITAKYUSHU – Becky Downie said that she was "burnt out" but proud after competing at the world championships in Japan today, following a turbulent year for the British gymnast that included the death of her brother.

The 29-year-old Downie was controversially omitted from Britain's Tokyo Olympic team this summer, with some wondering if she was being punished for speaking out about bullying.

Her non-selection came after her brother had died suddenly playing cricket on the eve of her final trial for the team in May.

Downie eventually appeared in a rescheduled trial on her own in an empty venue, breaking down in tears after finishing one routine.

But she made a defiant return to action in Kitakyushu in western Japan, scoring 14.000 in a clean, uneven bars routine.

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