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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Tweddle wins gold in record style
Beth Tweddle
Tweddle missed the recent Commonwealths with injury
Beth Tweddle won Britain's first-ever senior European title by taking gold in the asymmetric bars at this year's women's championships in Greece.

Tweddle's superb display produced a score of 16.050 - making her the first to score more than 16 points under the new gymnastics code of points.

Czech Jana Sikulova took silver with 15.050 and Lenika De Simone the bronze.

The new code replaces the "perfect 10" system and was devised after scoring controversies at the 2004 Olympics.

After collecting her medal, the 21-year-old Tweddle squashed speculation that she might quit and said she would probably compete at the next Olympics.

She said: "I am definitely going to be carrying on. I will have a week off and then I will be back in training.

I have been having scans and X-rays and it was a late decision for me to compete
Beth Tweddle

"My sights are set on the World Championships. Probably, I will participate in the Beijing Olympics."

She almost missed the European Championships because of her slow recovery from an ankle injury.

"It was touch and go because last Saturday I was only able to do parts of my routine," said Tweddle.

"I have been having scans and X-rays and it was a late decision to take me out and see how it went."

Meanwhile, Anna Grudko of Russia won the gold medal for the vault with a score of 14.362.

Ukrainian Olga Sherbatykh took the silver with 14.300 while the bronze went to German Katje Abel.



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