Tweddle leaps into contention after world gold

Beth Tweddle tonight claimed Britain’s first ever gold medal at gymnastics’ world championships after winning the asymmetric bars.

She thus leapt into contention for the SJA Sports Awards on December 13.

The 21-year-old from Cheshire beat the defending champion Anastasia Liukin into second place, with newly-crowned world all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari in third.

Tweddle, the European champion and former Commonwealth champion, had become Britain’s first world medallist a year ago when she won bronze on the same apparatus.

Tweddle will now be among the leading contenders for the Sportswoman of the Year award, along with three-day event world champion Zara Phillips and Nicole Cooke, the winner of the women’s Tour de France.

The Sportswoman of the Year is determined by the votes of SJA members: click here for more details and news of other contenders. Voting is open now.

Click here for a fuller report on Tweddle’s gold.