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Rio Olympics: Amy Tinkler (16) weeps tears of joy after sealing unexpected bronze

Published 17/08/2016

Sixteen-year-old Amy Tinkler claimed a stunning sixth gymnastics medal for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics after taking bronze in the women's floor final yesterday.

Tinkler, the youngest member of the 366-strong GB delegation, produced a nerveless performance to finish behind American pair Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman.

While Biles was celebrating her fourth gold of the Games, a bronze was enough for Tinkler, who was rated an outside chance of adding to an increasingly impressive gymnastics haul.

Starting fourth, Tinkler scored 14.933 to take the lead, although it was predictably no match for the peerless Biles, who took over with a total of 15.966.

Two mistakes from Guila Steingruber cost the Swiss any chance of a medal, and although Raisman nudged Tinkler into third, the final gymnast, Victoria Ferrari of Italy, could not match her score.

The County Durham athlete wept tears of joy after following Max Whitlock and Louis Smith onto the artistics gymnastics Rio podium, with Bryony Page adding a silver in the trampolining.

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