Tinkler triumphs as Team GB’s youngest athlete takes gymnastics bronze medal
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Tinkler triumphs as Team GB’s youngest athlete takes gymnastics bronze medal

16 August 2016 / 20:15

Amy Tinkler, the youngest member of Team GB at Rio 2016, ensured the British gymnastics medal rush continued as she claimed bronze in the women's floor final.

The 16-year-old from Durham was already the first British woman to make a floor final and produced a fantastic routine to claim score of 14.933 to lead the standings.

Tinkler was pushed down into third after the phenomenal Simone Biles (15.966) of the United States took her fourth gold of Rio 2016 and compatriot Alexandra Raisman (15.000) - the defending champion - picked up silver.

Tinkler, who took her PE GCSE early before arriving in Brazil, was quickly followed onto the podium by Nile Wilson who took bronze on high bar, giving Team GB a total of seven gymnastics medals from the Games.

And Tinkler said: “I can’t believe it. I knew I was Team GB’s youngest athlete but this is crazy and I’m still in shock at the minute.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking watching the other athletes and knowing you are so close to a medal but I would have been happy with wherever I was place.

“I went out there and did my best and enjoyed it so whatever the result, I would have been happy. I really am speechless.

“I put no pressure on myself and neither did my coaches. They just told me I had nothing to lose and to go out and enjoy it. I had made the floor final at the Olympics and deserved to be in it so I enjoyed it.

"As soon as I finished my routine, I knew I couldn’t do any better. Max [Whitlock] and Louis [Smith] have been incredible in getting their medals and that has inspired me so much. It has been an incredible week for British gymnastics.

“Hopefully there is a lot more to come from me and you will see me back out here in 2020."

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