Tweddle may continue competing

07 August 2012 / 07:49

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle admits her Olympic bronze is the perfect end to her glittering gymnastics career - but hinted she might not be ready to retire just yet.

The 27-year-old is Britain's most successful gymnast, with three world, six European, seven British and now an Olympic medal to her name. Russia's Aliya Mustafina claimed gold in the uneven bars final with a score of 16.133, ahead of defending Olympic champion He Kexin of China who won silver with 15.933, while Tweddle's 15.916 earned her bronze.

The City of Liverpool gymnast suggested she might not be ready to hang up her leotard just yet, and she told Press Association Sport: "I haven't decided exactly what I'm doing. I'll soon know when I go back into the gym and my heart is not in it or my body is hurting."

She added: "These last few weeks have been so stressful. Going to sleep with butterflies and waking up with butterflies. It was because it was my last chance.

"I've got to be willing to get up and do the hours to stay at the top. I don't want to be known as someone who was at the top and then dropped down at the end of my career. I want to walk away on a high."

Winning bronze was a huge relief for Tweddle, who missed this year's European Championships after undergoing keyhole surgery on her left knee.

"It finishes my career perfectly," Tweddle added. "I've got every other title to my name. This was the one thing that I was missing. I tried to say that it wouldn't have mattered if I walked away without it but I would have been devastated if I walked away with no medal.

"I can definitely sleep easy."

Tweddle suffered heartbreak at the Beijing Games four years ago when she finished fourth by just 0.025 of a mark in the uneven bars final.

"I was just thinking please don't be a repeat of Beijing," Tweddle said after she had to wait to see if her score was enough to clinch a medal. "I knew vaguely what they could score but you never know until they put their arm up and land."