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Tuesday, August 16

From school exam room to Olympic glory: Team GB's youngest athlete, Amy Tinkler, wins a gymnastics bronze medal aged 16 years and 293 days - just weeks after sitting her GCSEs


Team GB's youngest athlete at Rio, Amy Tinkler, has won a bronze medal in gymnastics.
The 16-year-old from Bishop Auckland in County Durham took the third spot in the women's floor exercise event on Day 11 of the 2016 Olympics.
She has become the youngest British Olympic medalist in 32 years and just last month was sitting her GCSE exams.

It's bronze for Team GB's YOUNGEST athlete: Gymnast Amy Tinkler is just 16 years and 293 days old... and just one month ago she did her GCSEs

  • Amy Tinkler has won a bronze in the women's floor exercise event
  • She becomes the youngest British Olympic medalist in 32 years
  • Just last month the teenager was taking her GCSE examinations

Team GB's youngest athlete Amy Tinkler has won a bronze medal in gymnastics at Rio
Tinkler came behind two Americans, Simon Biles and Aly Raisman, who won gold and silver respectively.
The teenager achieved a score of 14.933 and was pipped to the second position by Raisman who received 15.500. 

The artistic gymnast began training at the South Durham Gymnastics club, where her mum was a coach, from the age of two and now practises 31 hours a week.
Moments after her victory was sealed, Kelly Milnes, senior coach at the gymnastics club said: 'I am absolutely over the moon - we've all been in the gym this evening watching her.
The 16-year-old took the third spot in the women's floor exercise event on Day 11 of the 2016 Olympics
The 16-year-old took the third spot in the women's floor exercise event on Day 11 of the 2016 Olympics
She has become the youngest British Olympic medalist in 32 years and just last month was sitting her GCSE exams
She has become the youngest British Olympic medalist in 32 years and just last month was sitting her GCSE exams
'We are overwhelmed, excited, emotional - everything. Her routine was absolutely flawless, the best she has ever done it.' 
Having just completed her GCSE exams, Tinkler recently took a short break from competitions to focus on her school work - but it clearly did not hinder her sporting prowess in the slightest.
'Amy loves what she does, she has been loving the whole experience out there, and that is a special quality in her,' said Ms Milnes. 'She never cracks under pressure.
'Amy loves what she does, she has been loving the whole experience out there, and that is a special quality in her,' Kelly Milnes, a coach at her gymnastics club, said
'Amy loves what she does, she has been loving the whole experience out there, and that is a special quality in her,' Kelly Milnes, a coach at her gymnastics club, said
'GB has never had a floor finalist before so just to qualify was so unexpected, but this is unbelievable.
'Amy really is an inspiration to every single person at this gym and we will no doubt be throwing a homecoming party for her when she returns.' 
Before heading to Rio the youngster said: 'Like any young gymnast the Olympics has always been the dream.'
While on her Twitter page she wrote: 'Work hard until the day comes when you no longer need to introduce yourself. Then work harder.' 
In 2011 - at just 11 - she represented Great Britain for the first time at an international competition.
She came behind two Americans, Simon Biles and Aly Raisman, who won gold and silver respectively
And she first represented Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympics and the European Youth Olympics in 2013 and is the 2015 British all-around champion.
The youngest ever Team GB medalist is diver Brian Phelps, who won bronze at the 1960 Rome Olympics, when he was 16 years and 134 days old.
Tinkler is 16 years and 293 days old, meaning she narrowly misses out on the title of the youngest British medalist.
She was part of the group who won women's team bronze in Glasgow last year and the men went one better by claiming silver. 
 Tinkler achieved a score of 14.933 and was pipped to the second position by Raisman who received 15.500
Tinkler achieved a score of 14.933 and was pipped to the second position by Raisman who received 15.500

At the time, Tinkler said: 'After our success at the World Championships for both the girls and the boys' teams, it's just lifted the whole morale and training has been great.
'We've been a lot more focused and a lot more determined.
'It makes us think if we can produce in a World Championships, can we then go do it at an Olympic Games? It definitely brings a lot more confidence to the team.'
She continued: 'Me personally, I don't like to think of long-term goals. I just want to go there and see what happens. It's the Olympic Games, you've got to go there and enjoy it.
'We are looking to pick up a few medals but at the end of the day, it is making sure you do the same routines you do day in day out.
The artistic gymnast began training at the South Durham Gymnastics club, where her mum was a coach, from the age of two and now practises 31 hours a week
The artistic gymnast began training at the South Durham Gymnastics club, where her mum was a coach, from the age of two and now practises 31 hours a week
The artistic gymnast represented Great Britain at the 2014 European Junior Gymnastics Championships and is the 2015 British all-around champion 
The artistic gymnast represented Great Britain at the 2014 European Junior Gymnastics Championships and is the 2015 British all-around champion
'As long as you've tried your hardest there's no more you can ask for.' 
Despite her success to date, Tinkler admitted the build-up to Rio 2016 took some getting used to.
She said: 'It feels quite surreal and crazy. I'm just expecting to wake up.
'I was a first-year senior in 2012 and unfortunately I got an injury to my ankle which meant I was unable to trial properly but because I was still able to compete on bars, I was still technically a reserve for bars.
She was part of the group who won women's team bronze in Glasgow last year and the men went one better by claiming silver 
She was part of the group who won women's team bronze in Glasgow last year and the men went one better by claiming silver
'But being part of the team at such a young age of gymnastics and to gain that experience and just to be with the team was fantastic.
'To be part of the team this time around has been a long time coming but definitely worth the wait.
'All the experience that I have gained for the last four years has been phenomenal. The places we have been, we've gelled so much as a team and to now be able to celebrate at the end with an Olympic Games is fantastic.' 
The gymnast put on some impressive moves on the floor at the event 
The gymnast put on some impressive moves on the floor at the event

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