Olympian Amy Tinkler has taken bronze at the 2017 iPro World Cup of Gymnastics in front of packed crowd in the O2 Arena, London.
Amy enjoyed the lively home crowd, performing strong routines across the apparatus to score a total of 53.433 to secure bronze behind Germany’s Tabea Alt who took the gold with 54.598 and the USA’s Victoria Nguyen who took the silver (53.832).
Amy said after the competition: “It’s amazing I’m so so happy. 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.”
Amy began strongly on the vault with a double twisting yurchenko stuck cold for 14.600. Moving on to the bars the performed confidently with a solid routine which included a full twisting double back dismount to score 13.600 and keep her in the hunt for a medal.
On to the beam and Amy had to work hard on her difficult layout, layout series which saw her grab onto the beam to stay on. She kept fighting though and finished with a strong dismount for 12 marks exactly.
It was her favourite piece of apparatus that was to secure Amy the bronze medal, after going into the final rotation she lay in 4th and tumbled her way to success with a great performance which included a full twisting double straight somersault and finished with a double pike. Amy scored 13.233 to bag herself a place on the podium.
Britain’s Georgia-Mae Fenton was also due to compete alongside Amy. However, unfortunately during the warm up she sustained an injury and following an assessment with British Gymnastics medical staff reluctantly the decision was made that would be unable to compete. This was obviously very sad news for Georgia-Mae who was competing in her first major World Cup event but we all wish her a very speedy recovery.