London 2012 Olympics: Beth Tweddle focussed on fitness

Tweddle desperate to be fit for 2012 despite knee op ruling her out of Euros

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15:25 GMT, 26 April 2012

Beth Tweddle says she is still ‘100 per cent committed’ to competing at London 2012, despite having to undergo surgery on her injured left knee just three months before the Games start.

The 27-year-old, a gold medal hopeful for uneven bars, admitted the meniscus tear has hampered preparations but believes she has enough time to recover and go for a medal in her favourite event.

But Tweddle revealed she may not be fit enough in time to compete on floor, which is more demanding on the knees, adding that a final decision could be left until the eve of the Olympics.

A stretch too far: Beth Tweddle has been ruled out of the European Championships

A stretch too far: Beth Tweddle has been ruled out of the European Championships

Tweddle said: ‘I didn’t have a fall –
my knee just started hurting so as a precaution I had a scan and the
decision was made that I would have keyhole surgery.

‘It was all done within about 24
hours, so they were quick off the mark. It had to be done then,
otherwise it could progress into something bigger, so with the support
of everyone we made the decision that it was best to get it done and
dusted.

In training: Team GB

In training: Team GB

‘I was on crutches for the first
couple of days, but the surgeon made it pretty clear that that was more
to stop me doing too much and slow me down.

‘I am back to full walking and I have started my rehab programme, so it is all looking promising.’

Tweddle will miss next month’s
European Championships as a result of the operation but said she would
rather be out now than in the summer. She has won medals at every major
championship other than the Olympics and suffered a rib injury before
the Beijing Games which stopped her competing in beam and vault.

‘When you have niggling injuries, it
is hard and you say “Why me again”’, Tweddle said. ‘But it is just the
wear and tear. Obviously I’m not the young 15-year-old I was – I’m 27
and I have done a lot of years on the team.

‘It is juts unlucky it has come at
this time, but then it would have been even more unlucky if it had been
two weeks before the Olympics.’

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She added: ‘100 per cent in my own
mind I’m still committed towards that Games. As of Monday I’m allowed to
swing bars so I’ll have my bar routine back quite quickly.

‘Obviously floor’s a bit more difficult but there is a potential that if I’m not quite ready on floor I could still make bars.

‘As long as I can prove my fitness to
selectors, and they’re happy and confident that I’m able to go out and
produce a result for the team, then I don’t think there’s any issues
there.’