According to More Than The Games Beth Tweddle is cautious of her competition ahead of the World Gymnastics Championships. Beth has admitted that she may struggle to defend her World Floor title that she won last year in London. I wasn’t aware that Beth has suffered a calf strain in August and was forced to take a month off training which has set her back meaning that she was unable to make huge improvements to her floor routine.
In addition to dealing with the pressure of being defending champion, Tweddle was also forced to miss a month’s training in August after suffering a calf strain.
And despite regaining full fitness in time to defend her world crown, she has ran out of time to make improvements to last year’s routine.
“To be honest I haven’t changed my routine very much if at all for this year’s World Championships,” added Tweddle.
“I had a slight injury over the summer and I haven’t had the chance to introduce a new feature and perfect it.
“If I made it more difficult and didn’t have it perfected then I would lose marks for the execution, so it wasn’t worth the risk.
“I believe in the routine though and I know it very well now so I am sure that will be strength for me because I have had success with it before.”
They haven’t reported on Beths thoughts on her bars but if Rick’s post is anything to go by, I’m sure she’s continuing to do fantastic on bars!
Becky Downie was injured earlier this year with an ankle problem and is sure she has recovered from it. With a lot riding on the World Championships this year (the beginning of qualifiers for London 2012) Becky knows that there is no margin for error, that she really must do her best. The Womens Team are pushing for a top eight finish in the Teams Competition.
“I don’t really know exactly what we need to do and how all the qualifying works for London but I know that the Worlds are really important,” added Downie.
“I just listen to what the coaches are saying and they have said that we need to be in the top-eight as a team and so that is what I am concentrating on.
“The team event comes first for me and we were really pleased to do well at the Europeans and hopefully we can continue our good form at the worlds.
“The girls are all very confident that we can go there and that finishing in the top eight is a realistic target and hopefully we can go there and do that now.”