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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 20:15 GMT 21:15 UK
Tweddle unable to make medal move
Beth Tweddle in action
Tweddle has two more chances to win a medal
Britain's Beth Tweddle finished eighth in the women's all-around final at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Liverpool gymnast scored 14.700 after falling from the bars before earning 14.550 on the vault, 14.950 on the beam and 15.250 on the floor.

European champion Vanessa Ferrari gave Italy their first women's world title.

The 15-year-old took the title by just 0.275 ahead of Jana Bieger of the United States with Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa taking bronze.

America's defending champion Chellsie Memmel, 18, withdrew before the final with a shoulder injury.

Ferrari fought back from a fall from the beam to score a combined 61.025 points with Bieger achieving 60.750 and Izbasa (60.250).

Apparently you have to fall off an apparatus in order to become world champion - it's laughable

Romanian coach Nicolae Forminte

China's Pang Panpan had been bidding to give her country their fourth gold of the championships.

But leading Ferrari by just 0.125 going into the final rotation the 18-year-old fell forward on her vault to see gold medal chance disappear.

Ferrari admitted afterwards: "When I fell, I thought everything was lost.

"But I tried to concentrate and finish the exercise without another mistake.

"When I finished and saw the score, my coach told me it was still possible to win the gold if I go on the floor and get the maximum possible."

However, Romanian coach Nicolae Forminte was fuming that the Italian had won the title despite tumbling off the beam.

"Apparently you have to fall off an apparatus in order to become world champion - it's laughable," he said.


Women's all-around final result:
1. Vanessa Ferrari (Ita) 61.025
2. Jana Bieger (US) 60.750
3. Sandra Raluca Izbasa (Rom) 60.250
4. Steliana Nistor (Rom) 59.950
5. Daria Joura (Aus) 59.875
6. Pang Panpan (Chi) 59.675
7. Hollie Dykes (Aus) 59.500
8. Beth Tweedle (GB) 59.450
9. Oksana Chusovitina (Ger) 58.950
10. Ashley Priess (US) 58.800



SEE ALSO
BBC World Championships TV times
04 Oct 06 |  Gymnastics
Star Tweddle reaches three finals
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