Historic Olympic Games for British Gymnastics - British Gymnastics

Historic Olympic Games for British Gymnastics

Jane Allen, CEO, British Gymnastics:

“In what has been a truly monumental and historic Olympic Games for British Gymnastics, it is important that I take this opportunity at the end of the artistic and trampoline competitions to acknowledge the outstanding performances of all our gymnasts and the valuable contribution of their coaches, support staff and their clubs - all of whom have played a major part in this most successful gymnastics team to ever compete in an Olympic Games.

Seven medals (2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) is a remarkable achievement for our team which saw all three disciplines contribute to the medal haul. Max Whitlock became a dual Olympic Champion on his signature events floor and pommel and scored a bronze medal in one of the highest standard all-around events in Olympic history. Louis Smith pushed Max all the way for a piece of history for himself with his silver medal on pommel giving him four Olympic medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. Bryony Page bounced her way into the history books by winning Great Britain's first Olympic trampoline medal and on the final day of the Artistic competition, Amy Tinkler and Nile Wilson performed their hearts out to win bronze medals on floor and high bar.

Everybody connected with British Gymnastics can take pride in this amazing achievement. Our athletes will not only inspire the next generation of Olympians but a new influx of budding gymnasts who will flock to British Gymnastics clubs and centres to get involved in our great sport. We welcome everyone regardless of age, ability or ambition for we are an inclusive sport and would love everyone to experience the joy of gymnastics. The thrill of watching our gymnasts perform live in the arena has been truly spectacular if at times nerve-wracking, but this is the beauty of the sport and we want to congratulate the organisers of Rio 2016 on staging a fantastic gymnastics event. We hope to see the nation cheering on our gymnasts and giving them the heroes welcome they deserve at one of our events back in the UK.

These results would not have been possible without the valued support of UK Sport and The National Lottery. On behalf of the board, staff and all the members and fans of British Gymnastics, well done to the 2016 Olympic Team -  you have made us all very proud.”

Results summary

Team GB gymnasts finished the Rio Olympic Games with seven medals across all three gymnastics disciplines they represented, making it their most successful Games to date.

On Sunday 22.2m people tuned in to watch the BBC's coverage of the Olympics, with a 10.4 million peak for Max's second gold medal.

Women’s artistic gymnastics

  • 16-year-old Amy Tinkler, Team GB’s youngest member won bronze and GB’s first ever floor medal. Amy joins gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle MBE to become the only other British female to win an individual gymnastics medal at an Olympic Games.

  • Team GB’s Ellie Downie finished in 13th place in the women’s gymnastics Olympic all-around final.

  • The GB women’s team of Ellie Downie, Becky Downie, Amy Tinkler, Ruby Harrold and Claudia Fragapane, finished 5th in the team final, our best women's team result since bronze in 1928.

Men’s artistic gymnastics

  • Max Whitlock was crowned double Olympic gymnastics champion after taking both the men’s floor and pommel horse titles, with Louis Smith MBE taking the pommel silver.

  • Max made history by becoming GB’s first ever Olympic gold medallist and the first British gymnast to medal on floor at a Games. He now has a total of five Olympic medals (two in London and three in Rio), making him the most decorated Olympic gymnast in British history.  

  • Louis’s silver gives him a total of four Olympic medals and back-to-back pommel medals across three Olympic Games.

  • Kristian Thomas also competed in the men’s floor final with a strong routine to finish in 7th place.

  • Max Whitlock won Olympic all-around bronze in Rio, GB’s first medal in this final in 108 years. Nile Wilson finished in 8th place amongst some incredible gymnasts.

  • 20-year-old Nile Wilson secured GB’s first ever Olympic high bar medal.

  • The GB men's team of Brinn Bevan, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson finished 4th in the team final.

Trampoline gymnastics

  • Bryony Page took an historic silver medal in the women’s trampoline gymnastics final.

  • Kat Driscoll also made history in making the final for GB, finishing 6th.

  • Team GB’s Nathan Bailey  finished 9th in the men’s trampoline competition and also scored a personal best.

Team quotes:

Bryony Page: “I put so much effort in, I've put everything into training and to improving myself as a person and an athlete and it's paid off in the most amazing way I can think of.”

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

Becky Downie: “The whole thing has been an amazing experience and exactly what I hoped. The team has done an amazing job and I’m just really proud of the girls.”

Max Whitlock: “My coach Scott (Hann) and I have been working so hard over the past four years. We stepped out of London 2012 and I wanted to prove myself as an all-rounder and I’ve done that. I feel I’ve completed that target now.”

Nile Wilson: “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.” 

For all the news, as it happened, check out our dedicated Olympic website section: (https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/international-events/olympics)

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