Pudsey’s Nile Wilson is an Olympic hero in Rio

17 August 2016

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From weekend gym classes in Pudsey to Olympic Bronze in Rio – the rise of Nile Wilson has been astronomical.

Wilson, a 20-year-old Pudsey lad who switched on the town’s Christmas lights last December, yesterday won bronze in the men’s individual horizontal bar at the Rio Olympic Games.

He’s the first Briton to win a medal in high bar and tweeted his joy at his success this morning:

Wilson is a former pupil at Pudsey Grangefield School. They tweeted their congratulations:

Congratulations also came from Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan:

Wilson’s mum and dad – Sally and Neil – and his sister were watching in the “crying their eyes out”, as Wilson joked afterwards.

The Guardian reports how the stadium announcer had tracked down his dad, Neil, in the stands before the medal ceremony had even begun. “I think we’re going to have a few beers,” he announced to the crowd. “We’re going to dance to some Brazilian music, that’s the only way.”


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