Tinkler wows crowds at O2 with World Cup bronze
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Tinkler wows crowds at O2 with World Cup bronze

08 April 2017 / 20:39

Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler was left staggered by the support of a vociferous home crowd after she took bronze at the iPRO World Cup of Gymnastics with a stunning set of performances.

The floor bronze medallist from Rio 2016 recorded the highest score on the vault, being awarded 14.600 for her double twisting yurchenko.

She also finished second on the floor with a score of 13.233 behind only Germany’s Tabea Alt who scored 0.100 point more.

The 17-year-old scored 12.000 for a sixth-place finish on the beam and 13.600 for fourth on the uneven bars to secure the overall bronze medal.

And Tinkler could not believe her performances in front of the home fans.

"It's amazing I'm so so happy,” she said. “I've had some problems this year with my calf so coming in to this I wasn't sure what to expect.

“My performance was better than I thought it would be, I think I fed of the atmosphere of the home crowd.

“I loved all the support, it was like Rio all over again but even better with it being in Britain.

“I've never heard so many kids shouting "Amy, Amy!" that feels so special and for me I love the pressure and the buzz of competition so they definitely helped me today."

Fellow Brit Georgia Mae-Fenton was scheduled to compete alongside Tinkler at the O2, but she suffered an injury during the warm up and could not compete in what would have been her first major World Cup event.

In the men's event Sam Oldham finished an agonising fourth place, behind Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, USA's Donnell Whittenburg and Germany's Lukas Dauser.

Oldham finished just 0.634 points off a medal, with compatriot and Rio 2016 Olympian Brinn Bevan in fifth, a further 0.599 behind Oldham's mark of 81.064.

But Oldham, who missed out on Rio through a series of injuries, saw the positives in his performance.

"I see this as a step towards Tokyo [2020] and a great experience," he said.

"The first half of my competition could have gone better, so I needed to step up with the final routines, which I did.

"To compete in a packed out O2 arena shows just how far British gymnastics has come. It's been a superb event and I want to thank everyone involved and all my support team."

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