Tweddle takes bronze on uneven bars

06 August 2012 / 18:37

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle has won bronze on the uneven bars at the North Greenwich Arena in her last Olympic Games.

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 with a score of 16.133, ahead of defending Olympic champion He Kexin of China who took silver with 15.933 with Tweddle's 15.916 earning her bronze.

Tweddle was thrilled to win a medal despite missing out on claiming her first Olympic title. She said: "It means everything. I just wanted to win a medal it didn't matter what colour."

Tweddle finished an agonising fourth in the uneven bars final four years ago in Beijing but went one better in London to earn her first ever Olympic medal and finish her glittering career in style.

The City of Liverpool gymnast produced a beautiful routine, brimming with complexity and with the maximum difficulty on her dismount, but needed to take a couple of steps on her landing after she struggled with the last rotation. The judges scored Tweddle's routine down on her 16.133 qualification mark, which moved her into silver medal position behind He.

Mustafina then stepped up and produced a breathtaking routine, pushing He into silver and Tweddle down into bronze medal position.

Kristian Thomas was Britain's other gymnastics medal hope of the day in the vault final but he was unable to land his second effort and finished in eighth place.

Thomas was the second to compete and stepped up to the mark to thunderous cheers from the crowd, before he rocketed down the runway and landed a huge double piked-vault to score 16.366 with his first effort.

The Wolverhampton-born gymnast followed up with a category three forward-twisting vault but mistimed it and sat down the landing as South Korea's Yang Hak-Seon won gold ahead of Russian Denis Ablyazin and Ukraine's Igor Radivilov.