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Loughborough-based Oldham part of historic gymnastics win
31 July 2012
Loughborough-based gymnast Sam Oldham has won a dramatic Olympic bronze medal as part of Team GB men’s gymnastics squad.
Sam, alongside Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas, produced a stunning performance in front of the home crowd at the London 2012 Games, with a total score of 271.711.
Sam hails from Nottingham but trains at the University’s Gymnastics Centre that is situated in the Performance Centre, next to the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall.
The British team were initially awarded the silver medal, behind China who won the gold medal. But the Japanese team successfully appealed the score from their final pommel horse routine to be promoted to second, with Team GB relegated to Bronze.
However this did not take the shine off an incredible performance, which saw Team GB win its first team medal in gymnastics since 1914.
Speaking after the event, Sam Oldham said: “This really is a dream come true. We have been working so hard for so many years. To repeat what we did in qualifying is unbelievable. We did amazingly today.”