The British Champion Elizabeth Tweddle will compete in Doha
OC Office, Doda February 22, 2011: Elizabeth “Beth” Kimberly Tweddle MBE (born 1 April 1985) is an English gymnast. Tweddle is a three time world champion having won the 2010 World Championships and 2006 World Championships on the uneven bars and the 2009 World Championships on the floor. Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time. She is also a seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every year between 2001 and 2007
Tweddle’s first major senior international competition was the 2001 World Championships, placing 24th in the all-around and ninth in the team event.
In 2002 Tweddle won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at the 2002 European Artistic Gymnastic Championships (European Championships) in Patras, Greece, the first medal won by a British gymnast at a European Championship. At the 2002 World Championships, Tweddle finished fourth on the uneven bars whilst at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, she won the all-around event and the uneven bars and finished second in the team event.
In 2003 Tweddle won a bronze on the uneven bars at the World Championships, becoming the first British gymnast ever to medal at a World Championships.
In 2004, Tweddle won a silver medal on the uneven bars and placing fifth with the British team at the European Championships. At the Athens Olympics, Tweddle finished eleventh in the team competition and nineteenth in the all-around. At the 2004 World Cup finals in Birmingham, Tweddle won a silver medal on the uneven bars and placed fifth on floor.
During the 2005 season, Tweddle withdrew from the European Championships through injury, after qualifying in the top eight for all events. At the 2005 World Championships, Tweddle finished fourth in the floor and third in uneven bars. Due to injury sustained during the uneven bars, Tweddle withdrew from floor competition.
Tweddle missed the 2006 Commonwealth Games due to injury, but later in the year won the gold medal on the uneven bars at the European Championships. Her victory was the first at a European Championships for a British gymnast.
In October 2006, Tweddle became Britain’s first ever gymnastics World Champion by winning the uneven bars event with a score of 16.200 in the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, ahead of 2005 World Champion Nastia Liukin despite having only qualified in fifth place and having fallen from the bars in the all-around. Tweddle also finished fifth in the floor finals. At the final major competition of 2006, the World Cup final, Tweddle won the uneven bars.
Tweddle won her seventh consecutive British National Championship title in July 2007. Later in the year, she competed with the British team at the 2007 World Championships, helping them to qualify a full team to the 2008 Olympics, but placed out of the medals in all events.
At the 2008 European Championships in April, Tweddle won a silver medal on the floor and placed fourth on the uneven bars.
At the 2008 Olympics Tweddle finished 4th on the uneven bars with a score of 16.625.
At the 2009 European Championships, Tweddle won gold medals on both floor exercise and bars. Tweddle also won both events at the Glasgow Grand Prix.
At the 2009 World Championships held in London Tweddle failed to qualify to the uneven Bars final, but won the Floor competition.
Tweddle again took two gold medals at the 2010 European Championship in Birmingham, retaining both floor and bars titles. The British team, of which she was part, also won silver in the team competition.
At the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, in a reverse of her performance at the World Championships in 2009, Tweddle failed to qualify for the floor final, but won the gold medal in the uneven Bars final. Tweddle was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.