On this day in 2006: Beth Tweddle celebrates World Championship gold on the uneven bars

Beth Tweddle won Britain’s first gold medal at a World Gymnastics Championships when she won the uneven bars title on this day in 2006 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Tweddle, then 21, had fallen off the parallel bars in the championship all-around at the previous day’s events, but showed her best form in the individual competition when it mattered.

With 16.2 points, she finished ahead of reigning American champion Anastasia Liukin and Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari took bronze.

“All my hard work has finally paid off,” said Tweddle, who finished third behind Liukin 12 months earlier.

“A lot of people told me it was coming – but I didn’t think it would ever actually happen. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”

An ankle injury meant Liukin could only compete in the parallel bars competition and Tweddle paid tribute to her rival.

“I didn’t know if I was going to win because I hadn’t seen Liukin’s routine, but I saw her in training and it was quite spectacular,” Tweddle told BBC Sport.

Liverpudlian Tweddle took world championship gold on floor at London’s O2 Arena in 2009 and won the uneven bars title again the following year.

After winning an Olympic bronze medal at the London 2012 Games, Tweddle, a six-time European champion, retired from competition in August 2013.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/beth-tweddle-aarhus-denmark-london-o2-arena-b2206609.html On this day in 2006: Beth Tweddle celebrates World Championship gold on the uneven bars

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