Great Britain had never won a medal in either the women’s floor or men’s high bar final at an Olympic Games, making it another historic evening of gymnastics for GB.
16-year-old Amy Tinkler, Team GB’s youngest member, took to the floor and performed the routine of her life. She nailed every landing to score 14.933 and take bronze behind the USA’s Simone Biles (15.966) and Aly Raisman (15.500). Amy, who collects her GCSE results when she gets off the plane from Rio, joins gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle MBE to become the only other British female to win an individual gymnastics medal at an Olympic Games.
20-year-old Nile Wilson was the final British gymnast to compete in Rio in the high bar final. Up against more senior and experienced gymnasts, Nile held his own and performed an incredible routine to score a big 15.466. It was a nail biting wait to see if he would stay in medal contention but he hung in there and took the bronze behind Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen (15.766) and the USA’s Danell Leyva (15.500). Once again it was an historic achievement - Britain’s first ever Olympic high bar medal.
This completes the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for Team GB gymnasts. Finishing with seven medals, it is their most successful to date.
Amy Tinkler: “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 placed.
“I went out there and did my best and enjoyed it so whatever the result, I would have been happy. I really am speechless.”
Nile Wilson: “It is difficult to put into words how I am feeling right now. I have loads of emotion and I certainly let it show up there on the podium. Everyone knew it was tears of pride and tears of happiness. My family were out there in the stands balling their eyes out and I think that set me off.
“It is a dream come true. It is something you train your whole life for and you dream about wearing these medals around your neck. I just went out there and focused on my potential, my gymnastics, my high bar routine and forgot about everything else that was going on around me.
“I want to thank the whole nation for getting behind us and supporting Team GB. Watching all these medals from the likes of Max [Whitlock] and obviously Amy [Tinkler] just before me, it was just inspiration after inspiration.
I saw them winning medals and started to believe that I could do the same. I hope this inspires more young people to take up the sport.
British Gymnastics CEO, Jane Allen: “What a great way to finish off our gymnastics campaign with our youngest two members, Nile and Amy each winning a bronze medal. Seven medals, all 3 disciplines, 5 gymnasts and two Olympic gold medals that highlight a truly magnificent gymnastics performance at this Olympic Games from the GB team. Well done to all athletes and coaches. Goodbye Rio, it’s been fantastic for British Gymnastics. The future is bright.”