WORLD ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 13-18 October
Highlights - Tweddle wins floor gold
By Ollie Williams
BBC Sport at the O2 Arena, London
Beth Tweddle produced an extraordinary performance in the floor event to be crowned world champion in front of her home crowd at London's O2 Arena.
The 24-year-old Liverpudlian performed a routine too difficult for her rivals to challenge to take the title.
"I was renowned for bars - this is my first medal in floor and it's the best feeling ever," said Tweddle, world champion on uneven bars in 2006.
Australia's Lauren Mitchell won silver while China's Sui Lu took the bronze.
Victory may persuade Tweddle, already late in her gymnastics career, to press on towards the London Olympics in 2012.
Floor gold delights Tweddle
She has consistently stated she will review her progress "year by year" with a view to the Olympics, but Sunday's performance proved she can still hold her own with the world's finest gymnasts.
It is already unusual for someone of Tweddle's age to have remained in the sport this long.
But, having fallen so disappointingly in qualifying for the uneven bars final earlier in the week, then struggled in floor qualifying, she found it within herself to deliver a commanding, confident performance.
Starting first in the competition seemed to cause fellow Briton Louis Smith problems in Saturday's pommel horse event, but proved a blessing for Tweddle as she set a high standard for her rivals to follow, to a huge cheer from her supporters.
Having been almost inch-perfect throughout her first tumble, which had given her a major problem in qualifying, she never looked back.
The whole routine exhibited control and certainty in her ability, something many gymnasts at this week's Worlds appear to have lacked, and was rewarded for a difficulty level beyond anything the seven remaining finalists could reach.
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