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2011 Artistic Gymnastics European Championships – Apparatus finals day one
Beth Tweddle is once again the European bars champion, competing last, Beth comfortably went through her routine to score 15.100 and secure the title.
Beth once again writes her name into the gymnastics history books with her third consecutive bars title having won in 2010 in Birmingham and 2009 in Milan. The 26 year old continues to produce stunning performances on the big stage and unleashed a brand new routine on the Berlin crowd to take the title. She now competes in the floor on Sunday where again she is going for an unprecedented three in a row.
Beth Tweddle: “The main feeling coming off today is relief! I knew what I needed to do and although it wasn’t perfect it was good enough. I had a long wait to compete and hadn’t even touched the bars for an hour so I was very anxious to get going. In the qualification I had noticed that I was slipping on the matt at the beginning so this time we chalked them which helped me grip and be in the perfect position to start. I am really happy that I have put my new routine out there and come away with the Gold medal. As for floor tomorrow – I have been suffering a bit with injury so I don't think we can expect miracles but who knows!”
No British interest in the women’s vault but plenty for the crowd to cheer on as German veteran Oksana Chusovitina and all-around medallist Elisabeth Seitz were in action.
In the end Sandra Izbasa spoiled the German party scoring 14.675 for Gold, with Chusovitina in Silver (14.537) and Kaeslin (SUI) in Bronze 14.475.
Beth Tweddle was up last on the bars with a chance to asses the competition scores befroe she stepped up.
All-around champion, Dementyeva (RUS) up first goes clean and scores 14.475.
Teammate Nabieva came next, a shaky start greeted by groans for the crowd, a very good, clean but not spectacular routine giving her 15.075.
Vanwallegheam (BEL) seems to lose track at the start and looks labored going through the rest of her routine but pulls through and scores 14.075.
Ferrari (ITA) never looks fully in control and flies off her routine on dismount miles from the bars and sinks to her knees – 12.850. Van Gerner (NED) just loses track on final handstand but works hard to readjust, dismount, and score 13.975.
The Germans were up next – the full crowd going crazy for Kim Bui the noise nearly taking the roof off as she nails her landing, scores 14.675. Bui followed by Seitz, every element encouraged and cheered but a huge sidestep on landing gives her
And so the mark set for Tweddle – 15.075.
Knowing what she had to do and utilizing her years of experience Beth stayed calm and composed, smoothly flowing through her routine well aware that only major errors could deny her the title. And there were no major errors, in her score of 15.100, below her very best but easily enough to take the Gold