Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 05:30 GMT
Injury forces Tweddle to pull out
By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport in Melbourne

Beth Tweddle
Tweddle had been one of England's best medal prospects
English gymnast Beth Tweddle has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with an ankle injury.

The 20-year-old, who won a gold and two silvers in Manchester four years ago, injured her right ankle when she landed badly during training on Tuesday.

"It's a big disappointment as I was looking forward to the Games but as team captain I'll stay in Melbourne and cheer the team on," she told Five Live.

"It will be difficult watching but I'll have to put the injury behind me now."

The women's event had been billed as a straight fight between Tweddle and Australia's Monette Russo.

I knew straight away that something was wrong
Beth Tweddle

Tweddle won two bronze medals in the world championships on the asymmetric bars and was fourth in the all-around competition last year.

Russo was the only Commonwealth gymnast to beat her on that occasion.

"We were doing podium training when I landed badly after a vault," said Tweddle. "I knew straight away that something was wrong.

"The injury is not too severe it is a bruised bone and the doctors have said I will be back in time for the Europeans in April.

"In the back of my mind I was still hoping to do the asymetric bars but the doctors advised me to leave it if I wanted to be fit for the Europeans.

"The Beijing Olympics are still in the back of my mind but I've still not decided whether I will carry on yet."

Links to more Commonwealth Games stories


Interview: England gymnastics captain Beth Tweddle

Tweddle takes uneven bars bronze
26 Nov 05 |  Gymnastics
Tweddle misses out on world medal
25 Nov 05 |  Gymnastics
Tweddle making progress after op
06 Jan 05 |  Other Sport...


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs


Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Commonwealth Games | Olympics 2012 | Other Sport...

Video and Audio | TV/Radio Schedule | Scores & Fixtures | Have Your Say | Photo Galleries

Sport Academy | Health & Fitness | Fun and Games | Question of Sport

Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport