British quartet looking to make their mark in World Cup of Gymnastics
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British quartet looking to make their mark in World Cup of Gymnastics

09 March 2017 / 12:20

Olympic bronze medallists Amy Tinkler and Sam Oldham will headline a four-strong British team for next month’s World Cup of Gymnastics as double Olympic champion Max Whitlock embarks on a six-month rest period.

Tinkler, who delivered a masterful display to take Olympic bronze for her floor routine in Rio, will be among the star attractions as the world's best gymnasts arrive in London to compete in the all-round competition, with the event returning to its roots after starting there in 1975.

London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Oldham will also be part of the side, looking to build upon his team achievements on home mats from five years ago.

The pair will be joined by Ellie Downie and Brinn Bevan as the home favourites at the O2 Arena, while the likes of world superstars Oleg Verniaiev and Angelina Melnikova will also be part of a strong field.

 

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With 14 major championship medals between them, the British stars will take to the floor with plenty of expectation behind them, with nine male and nine female gymnasts from across the globe set to compete.

"I'm so excited to compete in London, in front of such a massive crowd," said 17-year-old Tinkler, who became Team GB’s youngest medallist in Rio.

"I love the atmosphere of a big crowd and to know that pretty much everyone is supporting me is a huge motivation and I know will definitely boost my performance.

"The O2 is an iconic venue and it's an incredible honour to be competing in there."

As well as Tinkler, Downie has continued to make a name for herself in gymnastics, winning all-around bronze in the 2015 European Championships while also being part of the team that travelled to Brazil for the Games.

The women will compete in the afternoon on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor, while the men will compete in the evening over six testing apparatus, floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar.

This will also mark the final competition of the World Cup series, where the winner who has gained the most points over the past few weeks in the American Cup, Stuttgart World Cup and this competition will be crowned champion.

That’s the honour Bevan will be hoping to achieve, part of the first men’s team to win a team medal at a World Gymnastics Championships for Great Britain in Glasgow in 2015.

The 19-year-old said: “It’s always a huge achievement to be called up to the big stage for your country. I’ve had a bit of break since the amazing experience of Rio 2016 Olympic Games and can’t wait to get back into action.

“This World Cup is going to be at another level, the best arena in the world with the best crowd and some new ideas and innovations that will be great for gymnastics.”

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Double Olympic gold medallist Whitlock won’t be among the side however, with Team GB’s first Olympic gymnastics champion looking to maintain his body heading into what is set to be another busy four years.

"I know 100% that it's the right decision," said the 24-year-old four-time medallist.

"I want to continue to compete at the very highest level aiming towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

"But I'm very conscious that since suffering from glandular fever two years ago, I need to manage my body."

Women:
Ellie Downie
Amy Tinkler

Men: 
Brinn Bevan
Sam Oldham

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