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Tweddle Readies for Two-Title Defense
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Preparing for this weekend's apparatus finals at the European championships in Berlin, Beth Tweddle (Great Britain) told IG she is more concerned with solid performances than successfully defending the titles she won on uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2009 and 2010 Europeans.

"To be honest, the goal was to go out and try the routines, and not necessarily to come away with a medal," said Tweddle after Wednesday's qualifications at Max-Schmeling-Halle. "The long shot is 2012, and that's what I have been working towards."

Tweddle, who turned 26 on April 1, said a recently injured shin and pulled Achilles' tendon hampered her preparations for Berlin, where she has qualified second on uneven bars and seventh on floor exercise. The apparatus final for uneven bars will take place Saturday, and the apparatus final for floor exercise will take place Sunday.

Despite not being in peak physical condition, Tweddle said she has been encouraged by the British national team staff, including British Gymnastics women's technical director Adrian Stan.

"The national system was totally behind me putting out a brand-new bars routine, and also my new routine on floor," Tweddle said. "(Stan) was like, 'Well, this is really the only chance between now and worlds, so you've got to try it."

Tweddle said competitive experience with her routine on uneven bars is particularly important, since the routine includes several connections.

"It's all about adrenaline and timing," she told IG. "If the timing is slightly off, the connection goes."

Competition in Berlin continues Friday with the men's and women's all-around finals.

Check out International Gymnast Magazine's Official Facebook page with live coverage from Berlin, continuing at 2 p.m. local (8 a.m. EST)!

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