Tweddle just happy to compete

25 July 2012 / 15:48

British gymnast Beth Tweddle sees her final challenge for Olympic gold is a bonus after she recovered from an injury in time to compete at London 2012.

The only gap in the 27-year-old three-time world champion's roll of honour, which also includes six European and seven British titles, is an Olympic medal.

However, the highly decorated gymnast, who recovered from keyhole surgery on a knee problem in time to secure her selection for the Games, refuses to focus on the only medal missing from her collection.

"A lot of people will say it's a failure if I don't do it but my coach has made it clear that it won't be," Tweddle said.

"I want to look back and say, 'I tried', rather than, 'I wish I'd tried'. So a lot of people are taking that pressure away from me by saying, 'You'll have a lot to look back on'.

"The world titles will still take pride of place because I was the first British person to do it."

Tweddle will bid for gold on the asymmetric bars and will only compete on her other apparatus, the floor, to help with team qualification.

The restriction to one discipline comes after years of training have taken their toll on her body, forcing her to sleep with a £3,500 ice machine strapped to her knee to avoid further problems.

"With the injury I'm glad to be here and I've got no expectation," Tweddle said.

"I'm treating it as a bonus. Four years ago I'd have said I wouldn't even carry on until 2012."