Women’s Sport: Former Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler retires from gymnastics aged just 20

2018 Gymnastics British Championships

Britain’s second most successful female gymnast of all time Amy Tinkler has announced her retirement from gymnastics today.

Britain’s second most successful female gymnast of all time Amy Tinkler has announced her retirement from gymnastics today. 

Tinkler was part of the British squad that won a team bronze medal at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and won the British all-around gold in the same year.

The 20-year-old, who has won 10 British titles overall, alongside three European medals, one world medal and Olympic silverware at Rio 2016, has suffered a number of injuries in recent years, missing the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 European Championships.

Having undergone three ankle surgeries, Tinkler has been unable to return to training and will take no further part in the competition, but has stressed that “this is not goodbye.”

She wrote on twitter “When one door closes, another one opens. Thank you to the gymnastics community, you’ve been my whole life.”

Tinkler also emphasised her high hopes for GB at the Olympics this year in Tokyo. She was Britain’s youngest medallist since 1984 four years ago, aged just 16 where she won bronze in the floor exercise, eventually losing out to the American pair of Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

In a statement, the British Gymnastics team has congratulated Tinkler on her achievements saying “We would like to wish her all the best of luck for the future.’

She responded by saying “Thank you for all the amazing memories. Team GB will always be a special part of me.”

Tinkler says she is excited to try new opportunities and hopes team GB will continue to capture the nation's hearts.

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