Gymnast Tweddle injures ankle in training
England's gold medal hope in women's gymnastics Beth Tweddle has suffered a devastating ankle injury in training for the Commonwealth Games.Updated: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST
England's gold medal hope in women's gymnastics Beth Tweddle has suffered a devastating ankle injury in training for the Commonwealth Games.
The 20-year-old landed awkwardly on her right ankle during her warm-up vault late Tuesday at the Rod Laver Arena.
The double-bronze world championships medallist is considered equal favourite with Australia's Monette Russo in the women's All Round competition in Melbourne.
She is also outright favourite to claim gold on the uneven bars - her speciality event.
Considered the best female British gymnast ever and winner of silver at the 2002 Manchester Games, Tweddle took bronze on the apparatus at the 2003 and 2005 world championships.
Grimacing in pain, Tweddle immediately grabbed her ankle as she lay on the landing mat.
She was treated by the England team physio and event doctor on the competition floor for more than 15 minutes.
Her ankle was wrapped in ice as she sat watching her team-mates complete the last rotation on uneven bars of the evening.
Her coach Amanda Kirby did not make any comment about the state of her athlete, who departed the arena in a wheelchair, fighting back tears. She has a history of foot and ankle injuries.
The South African-born gymnast has been the national champion for the past five years, is the captain and most experienced member of the England team.
She said before competing in Melbourne that she was still yet to determine whether she will participate at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
First Published: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST