Gymnastics: Beth Tweddle expects progress but plays down Team GB medal hopes
Beth Tweddle and her final march on gymnastic glory have reached the team stage in tonight's Olympic final. Not that the cognoscenti are holding their breath for a valedictory medal in the North Greenwich Arena. The preamble provided by the Olympic organisers followed convention, listing only four teams going for gold, and Britain was not one of them.
Tweddle, who takes her competitive leave next Monday in the uneven bars, for which she is among the favourites, will not mind the snub. Britain qualified fifth and, though confident, might benefit from the lack of professional expectation. That does not mean there will be a fanfare shortfall when the five-strong team take to the apparatus.
It is 88 years since Britain last won a medal in the team gymnastics, and it was the women who provided it in Amsterdam. The fifth place achieved in the World Championship last year without Tweddle is a fair measure of the team's potential. They have not gone backwards since with her return. And in 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney, in her first senior year, Britain would appear to have a gymnast capable of taking the story on.
Tweddle's score of 16.133 in the individual bars was the highest of the qualifying competition and offers reassurance ahead of her attack on the apparatus in the individual event. "I've thought about this competition and this bars routine for so long and to produce my best score this Olympic cycle in qualifying, it couldn't be any better," said the 27-year-old.
Tweddle is realistic about the prospects today. "You've got USA, China, Russia and Romania. They are the powerhouses and unless they have major falls and we go superbly clean we're not quite at that level."
Liverpool vs Bolton report: Brilliant Adam Bogdan produces heroics to earn Wanderers a replay
Cristiano Ronaldo vine: Real Madrid forward sent-off for kicking and striking opponent during 2-1 win over Cordoba
What time is the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble on? And full card
Sam Burgess: Bath and England's next big thing
The Andy Cole Column: The real reason I've hated Sheringham for 15 years: he refused to shake my hand
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners