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World Gymnastics 2010: Lauren Mitchell wins floor gold

Lauren Mitchell

Mitchell grabs floor gold with unusual routine

By Ollie Williams in Rotterdam

Australia's Lauren Mitchell finally laid claim to a world title as the 2010 World Gymnastics came to a close.

Mitchell, 19, was twice denied gold at last year's World Championships, but produced a score of 14.833 to win the floor title on Sunday in Rotterdam.

Romania's Ana Porgras won the beam title, while China's Feng Zhe won the parallel bars gold and France's Thomas Bouhail was victorious on the vault.

China's Zhang Chenglong won the high bar on a day where no Britons competed.

Beth Tweddle, who won the uneven bars world title on Saturday for the second time in her career, failed to qualify for Sunday's floor final and hence could not defend the title she won in London last year.

Floor title medallists
Mitchell flanked by Aliya Mustafina and Diana Chelaru, who shared second

Instead, with none of her rivals able to post scores above 15 points, Mitchell - the last to perform - edged out Russia's Aliya Mustafina and Romania's Diana Chelaru by a margin of 0.067.

Mitchell won four Commonwealth titles for Australia in Delhi earlier this month, but World Championship gold had previously eluded her.

Mustafina began the weekend with an outside chance of six gold medals from six events, having won the all-around final and been a part of Russia's victory in Thursday's team final.

But the 16-year-old saw a succession of gold-medal chances slip through her grasp, culminating in a fall from the beam on Sunday. She took silver in the three other individual apparatus finals.

The flamboyant Bouhail posted a score of 16.449 on the vault to beat Russia's Anton Golotsutskov by less than one tenth of a mark, while Feng led a Chinese one-two on the parallel bars, his 15.966 beating team-mate Teng Haibin's 15.616.


Porgras, 16, pushed America's Rebecca Bross and China's Deng Linlin into joint silver, scoring 15.366 to their scores of 15.233.

Zhang deprived Dutchman Epke Zonderland, the 24-year-old leading light of the host nation's gymnastics programme, of gold to end the World Championships.

Zhang's spectacular 16.166 on the high bar outscored Zonderland by 0.133 points, with German superstar Fabian Hambuechen third.

All three British medals at this tournament came on Saturday, the most successful single day at world level in the history of British gymnastics.

Netherlands' Epke Zonderland

High drama in the high bar final

Louis Smith added pommel horse silver to Tweddle's uneven bars gold, and Dan Purvis earned bronze in the floor final.

Britain's men and women both finished seventh in the team finals earlier in the week, while Purvis was GB's top all-around competitor, taking fifth place in the men's all-around final on Friday.

British performances here have ensured the men's and women's teams each go through to the next stage of Olympic qualification, at the 2011 World Championships, to be held in Tokyo.

There, the top eight teams will automatically qualify for the London Olympics in 2012, while the next eight must take part in a final qualification tournament.

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