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Tweddle plays down injury fears

Beth Tweddle
Tweddle is Britain's only ever gymnastics world champion

Liverpool gymnast Beth Tweddle says she will be fit for the Olympics despite not defending her all-around title at the British Championships last weekend.

The 23-year-old, who has been named in Team GB, is recovering from an ankle injury and only competed on the bars.

"I've only been able to train on the bars for the past couple of weeks so I've had to do a lot of visualisation with the other apparatus," she said.

"But hopefully this week I'll be able to train on the floor, beam and vault."

Tweddle, who is a seven-time British champion, and world champion in the uneven bars, turned her ankle while training on the beam almost three weeks ago and suffered a slight muscle tear.

"I've had a few ankle injuries before so it's just a case of having physio, doing lots of exercises and just keeping on top of it," she added.

"It's just a case of working with it and looking after it."




see also
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GB gymnasts qualify for Olympics
02 Sep 07 |  Gymnastics
Tweddle's floor and bars routines
07 Apr 08 |  Other sport...
Tweddle delight over world bronze
26 Nov 05 |  Ceefax Only
Photos: Tweddle wins historic gold
21 Oct 06 |  Other sport...
Tweddle targets 2009 retirement
11 Dec 06 |  Gymnastics
Tweddle shines at World Cup Final
18 Dec 06 |  Gymnastics
Super Tweddle wins landmark gold
20 Oct 06 |  Gymnastics


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