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Tweddle Reclaims Uneven Bars Title
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Two-time Olympian Beth Tweddle (Great Britain) recaptured her uneven bars title Sunday at the European Gymnastics Championships in Milan.

Beth Tweddle (Great Britain)

Tweddle, the 2006 European champion on uneven bars, punctuated her difficult routine with a stuck dismount on her way to the gold. Defending champion Ksenia Semyonova, the all-around champion Saturday, settled for silver over Germany's Anja Brinker.

It was Tweddle's best result since her banner year of 2006, when she took the gold on uneven bars at the Europeans, World Championships and World Cup Final. She finished fourth at the 2007 World Championships, 2008 Europeans and 2008 Olympic Games.

"It is nice to be back," said Tweddle, 23. "Since 2006 I have had my share of fourth positions, and all week I have been so focused on getting everything right. I was a touch short on the Tkatchev-half, and I think it was pure determination that got me through."

Her coach Amanda Kirby was asked her if this title was more satisfying than others.

"No, not the medal but the courage Beth has shown every day to keep going 100 percent," Kirby said. "I get my appreciation every time she comes into the gym and completes the training. She is a brilliant champion."

The Netherlands' Yuri van Gelder (still rings) and Krisztian Berki (pommel horse) defended their individual titles. Van Gelder held off defending champion Alexander Vorobyov (Ukraine) and veteran Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria) to take his third title, after winning in 2005 and 2008.

Berki (15.600) took his third consecutive title on pommel horse, edging the British pair of Louis Smith (15.550) and Daniel Keatings (15.500).

In another tight final, men's all-around champion Fabian Hambüchen won the floor exercise gold (15.450), half a tenth ahead of teammate Matthias Fahrig (15.400). Greece's Eleftherios Kosmidis tied Alexander Shatilov (Israel) for the bronze (15.350).

Ariella Käslin, who won the Swiss women's first European medal Saturday with the all-around bronze, went one better Sunday by winning the gold on vault. Top qualifier Yulia Berger (Russia) finished second over Ukraine's Anna Kalashnyk.

Competition concludes Sunday afternoon with the second half of the apparatus finals.

2009 European Championships
April 5, Milan, Italy

Women's Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Ariella Käslin6.38.82515.12514.625
2.Yulia Berger5.58.92514.42514.325
3.Anna Kalashnyk5.88.87514.67514.275
4.Aagje Van Walleghem5.39.2000.114.40014.200
5.Kim Bui5.48.70014.10014.150
6.Becky Downie5.88.62514.42514.025
7.Wyomi Masela5.38.80014.10013.950
8.Jana Komrskova5.29.12514.32513.875

Uneven Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Beth Tweddle6.78.87515.575
2.Ksenia Semyonova6.59.00015.500
3.Anja Brinker6.08.80014.800
4.Youna Dufournet6.18.55014.650
4.Ksenia Afanasyeva6.18.55014.650
6.Becky Downie6.18.42514.525
7.Anastasia Koval6.08.35014.350
8.Valentina Golenkova5.27.50012.700

Men's Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Fabian Hambüchen6.39.15015.450
2.Matthias Fahrig6.49.00015.400
3.Eleftherios Kosmidis6.58.85015.350
3.Alexander Shatilov6.39.05015.350
5.Anton Golotsutskov6.29.00015.200
6.Alexander Yakubovsky6.28.87515.075
7.Enrico Pozzo6.18.9250.114.925
8.Eddie Penev5.98.52514.425

Pommel Horse FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Krisztian Berki6.78.90015.600
2.Louis Smith6.59.05015.550
3.Daniel Keatings6.59.00015.500
4.Andrei Perevoznikov6.68.60015.200
5.Alberto Busnari6.48.77515.175
6.Donna-Donny Truyens6.77.85014.550
7.Daniel Popescu6.47.12513.525
8.Saso Bertoncelj6.07.15013.150

Still Rings FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Yuri van Gelder6.69.15015.750
2.Alexander Vorobiov6.88.80015.600
3.Jordan Jovtchev6.78.85015.550
4.Matteo Morandi6.78.82515.525
5.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues7.08.42515.425
6.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.68.72515.325
7.Matteo Angioletti6.68.67515.275
8.Dimosthenis Tambakos6.78.27514.975
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