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Last Updated: Thursday October 15 2009 08:39 GMT

Shock fall for Beth Tweddle

Tweddle slips up on uneven bars

Former world champion Beth Tweddle had a shock fall after slipping from the uneven bars in qualifying at the World Gymnastics Championships in London.

The 24-year-old managed to finish her routine, but didn't pick up enough points to make the final.

Afterwards she said: "I just don't know what went wrong. I've no excuses."

But Beth did manage to reach the floor final at the O2 Arena, and Becky Downie scraped into the all-around final alongside Rebecca Wing.

The crowd gasped as Tweddle fell from the bars mid-routine. After continuing her performance she scored 13.850 placing her 16th, far outside the qualification places.

It was her second mistake in qualifying. Earlier she stumbled at the start of her floor performance, but recovered to record a score of 14.075 and a place in the final in that event.


In 2006 Beth became the first ever Briton to win a gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships.

But she just missed out on a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since then her future in the sport has been uncertain.