13 gymnasts book their spots for Rio 2016
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13 gymnasts book their spots for Rio 2016

12 July 2016 / 12:30

Team GB today welcomes the 13 gymnasts who will compete at next month's Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In the men’s artistic field, world pommel horse champion Max Whitlock returns for his second Olympic Games after claiming double bronze at London 2012 while three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith also returns to Team GB.

Three more of the team that won all-around silver at the World Championships in Glasgow last year are also selected with Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas included alongside Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan who are set for their Olympic Games debuts. 

Max Whitlock and Louis Smith selected for Rio 2016

The women’s artistic field comprises five World Championship medallists with Becky Downie returning for her second Games and sister Ellie, a four-time Youth Olympic medallist, set for her first Olympic Games.

There are also Olympic debuts for four-time Commonwealth gold medallist Claudia Fragapane, Amy Tinkler and Ruby Harrold.

Ellie Downie selected for Rio 2016

On the trampoline, two-time World Champion Kat Driscoll will make her second Olympic appearance while three-time British Champion Bryony Page is also included alongside 2016 British Champion Nathan Bailey.

Kat Driscoll selected for Rio 2016

At London 2012, Team GB picked up four medals with the men’s artistic team taking bronze, Louis Smith winning silver and Max Whitlock bronze on the pommel horse. Beth Tweddle also won bronze on the uneven bars.

The selected athletes are:

Men’s Artistic:

Max Whitlock, 23, hometown Hemel Hempstead

Louis Smith, 27, Peterborough

Nile Wilson, 20, Leeds

Brinn Bevan, 19, Benfleet

Kristian Thomas, 27, Wolverhampton

Women’s Artistic:

Becky Downie, 24, Nottingham

Ellie Downie, 16, Nottingham

Amy Tinkler, 16, Bishop Auckland

Ruby Harrold, 20, Bristol

Claudia Fragapane, 18, Bristol


Kat Driscoll, 30, Chatham

Bryony Page, 25, Sheffield

Nathan Bailey, 22, Bournemouth