Gymnastics medal for Tweddle

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Liverpool's Beth Tweddle tonight won Britain's first ever world gymnastics championships gold medal when she came out on top in the uneven bars competition in Denmark.

The 21-year-old had fallen from the bars in yesterday's all-round section of the championships but produced her best form when it mattered to take gold in Aarhus.

Her score of 16.2 points was too good for America's reigning champion Anastasia Liukin and Italy's bronze-medallist Vanessa Ferrari.

The latter had won gold in the all-round competition, in which Tweddle finished eighth.

"All my hard work has finally paid off," said Tweddle, who had managed bronze behind Liukin last year.

"A lot of people told me it would come - but I didn't think it ever actually would. It hasn't sunk in yet."

An ankle injury meant Liukin could take part only in the bars competition, but Tweddle paid tribute to her rival.

"I didn't know if I'd win because I hadn't seen Liukin's routine. But I've seen her in training, and she was pretty spectacular," she told BBC Sport.

China, meanwhile, have taken three more golds to bring their championships tally to six.

Cheng Fei defended her women's vault title; Chen Yibing beat Bulgaria's double ex-world champion Jordan Jovtchev in the men's rings, and Xiao Qin was best on the pommel horse.

Romania struck gold thanks to 2002 champion Marian Dragulescu in the men's floor competition.