Falsetta praises Tinkler’s focus at packed O2 Arena

AMY TINKLER’S coach Ross Falsetta praised her “focus” after her bronze medal  showing at iPro World Cup of Gymnastics in front of packed crowd in London’s O2 Arena.

Cheered on by about 12,000 fans, South Essex’s top female gymnast won vault, was second on floor, fourth on bars and sixth on beam as a top international field competed on Saturday, April 8.

It gave her a total score of 53.433 to secure third behind Germany’s Tabea Alt, who took the all-around gold with 54.598, and the USA’s Victoria Nguyen, who claimed silver (53.832).

SEGC’s Women’s Artistic Head Coach Falsetta (pictured above with Tinkler at the O2) said: “I would put it down to Amy’s focus to be honest.

“She has pulled herself back from an injury she had at the start of the year, at an event in America in February.

“But we’ve trusted in Scott Hann’s wise words and she’s listened to the coaching I’ve been giving her leading up to it, and that resulted in a bronze medal.

“The competition is always strong at international level but luckily for Amy she is the sort of person that always steps up in big arenas and at big competitions.

“And once she saw the crowd coming in, her smile grew bigger and I knew at that point we were going to have a good competition.”

South Essex star Brinn Bevan was also in action at the O2 and finished 5th with 80.465.

He told the British Gymnastics website: “This was my first all-around event this year so was a big challenge for me.

“I made a few mistakes but also tried some new elements and it was  good to compete.

“I can look at the scores and think if I’d have hit my routines I’d be up there – which is encouraging. The atmosphere was incredible and the support blew me away.”