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GB’s Page wins trampolining bronze

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain’s Bryony Page claimed her second Olympic medal as she won bronze in the women’s trampolining final.

The Rio 2016 silver medallist, 30, qualified with the third-best overall score and took the lead in the final with a score of 55.735.

With two athletes to go, that secured a medal, and the next routine saw China’s Zhu Xueying go clear with 56.635.

And that proved enough for gold as team-mate Liu Lingling had to settle for silver after scoring 56.350.

Zhu is ranked as the world number two behind Liu, while Page is sixth.

After becoming the first Briton to win an Olympic trampolining medal in Rio, Page underwent two ankle operations.

That resulted in two years out of action, but she recovered to secure her place in Tokyo by coming fourth in the 2020-21 World Cup rankings.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I hoped I could do it and I put a bit of pressure on myself about it.

“The first surgery didn’t solve the [ankle] injury so I had to go in again. My second surgery caused a bit of nerve damage and that put some doubt in my mind about whether I could get back on the trampoline.

“My foot is still not fully healed but I was so grateful to be back doing what I love and tried to get back to the standard I was in Rio, and then pushing on. I might not have shown my very best today but it was the best I could have done.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, her coach Paul Greaves added: “I’m so proud of her. She had two operations and it was a long recovery.

“For a big part of a year she was actually doing all the skills off her back. She couldn’t jump on her feet, so to overcome that and come back and secure a medal is just phenomenal.”

Page’s team-mate Laura Gallagher, 32, failed to reach the final after being unable to finish her second routine in qualifying.

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