Beth Tweddle Wins Bronze on Uneven Bars
August 6, 2012 Leave a comment
Elizabeth Tweddle performed an almost perfect uneven bars routine to win the bronze medal.
Tweddle performed a bar routine of a difficulty of 7.0 with such ease.
Her big combination was a somersault to the low bar, feet on, straight back up to the high bar with a half turn. She made it look so easy
Tweddle might have even won silver or gold if she didn’t have a big step back on the dismount. She attempted an extremely difficult dismount: two somersaults and two twists. Her hips were behind her on the landing, so she had to step back.
She still received a 15.916 with an execution score of 8.916 for her routine. This put her into second place, with three more gymnastis to go.
Great Britain did not medal in the team event and this was the only other event Tweddle was competing in.
Aliya Mustafina of Russia won the gold medal with a massive 16.133 score, the same score Tweddle received in the qualification round. Mustifina earned an execution score of 9.133.
She qualified for this event in fifth place.
Mustifina had great accuracy on her pirouettes and handstands and was very high on her somersault.
She stuck the landing of the one and half dismount.
Mustifina had already won silver in the team event and bronze in the all-around final.
He Kexin of China was the first up on the uneven bars and was performing the most difficult bar routine: a 7.1.
Kexin’s handstand and pirouettes were also very well performed, but she was a little low on her second somersault.
She was the reigning Olympic champion on uneven bars and performed such an outstanding routine that only Mustifina could beat her score.
Kexin now has a silver medal to go with her gold from Beijing.
Gabrille Douglas was last up on the uneven bars.
She has already won gold with her team and gold for the all-around event.
Douglas did not perform like she has been doing in the other events.
Gymnasts are required to have a handstand at the end of a pirouette, but Douglas just turned at the wrong time and did not complete the element.
She then stepped back out of her double straight dismount. Douglas knew the mistakes she had made and the disappointment was shown on her face. She ended up in last place for bars.
Victoria Komova of Russia was determined to get a gold in this event, after a silver with her team and a silver in the all-around final.
Komova wasn’t even able to medal in the bars event, even know she is the European and World uneven bars champion. She placed fifth.
Komova took an extra swing before the dismount, because she might have hit the low bar. That would mean a deduction. She looked devastated when she finished her routine.
Komova also took a step back on her dismount.
She still scored a 15.666, but that wasn’t enough to medal with the high quality routines the ladies were producing.