42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Rotterdam, 16-24 October.
Asymetric Bars – Beth Tweddle Gold (15.733)
Beth Tweddle, watched as both Chinese competitors fell early on in the Asymmetric Bars Final leaving Beth to hold her nerve and let her difficult routine see her through to win back the World title she previously won in 2006.
Beth Tweddle: “It means everything to me to regain the Bars title. I have worked so hard day in day out in the gym for this so I'm very proud. I wasn’t watching the previous routines but from the noise of the crowd I could tell the 2 Chinese girls ahead of me had fallen and so I tried to remain calm, but knew at that point that if I went clean I had a great chance of winning the title.”
The vault final of the women was, as expected, an exciting battle between Alicia Sacramone and Aliya Mustafina – won by the new 2010 World Champion on vault Alicia Sacramone. Both gymnasts offered two difficult vaults to the judges, Mustafina normally offers two vaults with more than 6,00 points in difficulty: the 2,5 twisting Yurchenko (6,5), but her second vault – a round off with a half twist handspring with a full twisting front flip – was downgraded by the judges from 6,1 to 5,7. With some deductions in the execution she earned 15,066 points in average and the silver medal. Winner Alicia Sacramone showed “just” the double twisting Yurchenko and a handspring with laid out 1,5 twists. A good execution and only some hoops in her landings earned her the Gold medal with 15,200 points.
Jade Fernandes Barbosa defended her third place from qualification.
Imogen Cairns: “ The last few weeks have been a really amazing experience for me, the Commonwealths were brilliant and to and then to come here and help the Team to 5th and then make Final is fantastic. I knew coming into the Final that it would be difficult for me to have any impact and it now gives me even more motivation to add more difficulty and keep improving my Vaults for the future.”
Gold- Sacramone (USA) 15.200
Silver – Mustafina (RUS) 15.066
Bronze- Fernandes (BRA) 14.799
Gold – BETH TWEDDLE (GBR) 15.733
Silver- Mustafina (RUS) 15.600
Bronze – Bross (USA) 15.066
For more info see www.british-gymnastics.org and www.gymnastics2010.com/en/
photos Janos Schmidt