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Artistic Gymnastics-Beth Tweedle wins silver at The European Championships
|THE LAST POST - Europeans 2007 |
By Trevor Low (input Linda Gore)
Apr 29, 2007, 17:11-click here for photo from British Gymnastics
The European Championships in Amsterdam saw Beth Tweddle, defending champion on Asymmetric Bars, withdraw to protect her chances of retaining her World crown in September as she recovers from a shoulder injury. But Beth being Beth she had to have a real go at winning something and her FLOOR exercise was stunning, the audience thought so but the B jury perhaps did not have artistry in mind when making the final adjudication. Beth’s routine was everything that the balance of ART and DIFFICULTY demands; after all it is ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS.
GOLD. Vanessa Ferrari, ITA, double double tucked, full in back out, triple twist with bent legs, 1 1/2 t straight full, double pike, 15.4 from a 16.3 start, I saw little choreography and a lot of arm waving, outrageous.
SILVER, Beth Tweddle, GBR, double Arabians piked and tucked, back 2 1/2 to straight front full, superb landings and highly theatrical, (Beth and Alina are artistic gymnasts), 15.25.
BRONZE. Alina Kozich, UKR, beautifully choreographed, handspring double front, front double twist to straight front, back 1 1/2 to front full, 2 1/2 twist, 15.05.
WHATS FAIR SHOULD BE SEEN TO BE FAIR..
GBR can be proud as the team return from the 2007 European Championships, 7 Finals and TWO SILVER medals.
Questions may be asked why the Women’s B jury were so light on Ferrari in the floor final and why the Men’s A jury had to intervene in the pommels final to “moderate” Louis Smiths score resulting in a drop from the judges initial 3rd to fourth. There were no faults in the scoring parameters. But the rules allow the A jury to “moderate” and the judging commission must be sure that the resulting perception is not more “meddling” than “moderating”. No one questions the honesty of the judges but after the Sydney debacle this last form of intervention should perhaps be closed. The judges decision must be final and not open to “moderation” under any circumstances. Otherwise why have a judging panel at all?
WELL DONE TEAM GBR 7 FINALS 2 SILVER MEDALS
CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL KEATINGS AND BETH TWEDDLE.
AMANDA KIRBY AND PAUL HALL WE SALUTE YOU.
HUNTINGDON AND LIVERPOOL FOREVER.
10. November 97
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com