Medal sign-off for Beth Tweddle

Ealing Times: Beth Tweddle celebrates with her Bronze medal after the women's uneven bars final Beth Tweddle celebrates with her Bronze medal after the women's uneven bars final

British gymnast Beth Tweddle has ended her Olympic career on a high by winning bronze in the final of the uneven bars.

The 27-year-old, who is soon to retire from the sport, added the medal to those she has collected at the world, European and British championships when she competed today at the North Greenwich Arena.

Speaking after the event, her mother Anne said: "We are just delighted because that was the missing one. Every mother says it, but I am so, so proud of her.

"Since she had knee surgery 12 weeks ago, she has been doing so much, and putting so much in, and now it has all paid off."

Tweddle, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and brought up in Bunbury, Cheshire, has been an ambassador for the sport in Britain for many years, having won more titles and medals than any other British gymnast.

She is a three-time world champion, six-time European champion and seven-time British champion. London 2012 was Tweddle's third Olympics as she competed in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

It was her fourth place finish in the uneven bars event in Beijing which inspired her to continue in the sport and compete at London 2012.

Her father Jerry said: "She has become the first British woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal, after becoming the first to win at the worlds and the Europeans. I couldn't be happier for her."

Tweddle started out in the sport aged seven, and began training with the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club aged 11.

She continues to train there with the same coach, Amanda Reddin, to this day.

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