Amy Tinkler shows no nerves as women seek Rio gymnastics medal

Team GB youngest member at the Olympics took up the sport at the age of two and wants to follow the example set by Beth Tweddle

It was not until she had performed her vault at the world championships last year that Amy Tinkler realised she was about to make history. Great Britain’s women’s team had arrived in Glasgow with one aim: to reach the team final, which would secure them qualification for Rio. Now, on their final apparatus, they were in contention for the bronze medal.

Britain’s women had never stood on the podium at a world championships before. “At no point were we expected to get a medal,” says Tinkler, who had followed a strong first vault from her team-mate Claudia Fragapane with her own personal best score. “We were seeing the scores go up on the board, going further and further ahead of Russia and I suddenly thought: oh my gosh, we’re going to get this.”

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