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On this day in 2013 – British great Beth Tweedle announces gymnastics retirement

Beth Tweedle announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics on this day in 2013.

Tweedle revealed his decision a year after winning Olympic bronze in the uneven bars and nine years after making his Games debut in Athens 2004 as a 19-year-old.

She is considered one of Britain’s most successful gymnasts, with three world gold medals and six European titles to her name.

Speculation of Twedel’s retirement sparked speculation that he ruled out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and finally announced his decision a year before the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Great Britain’s Beth Tweedle celebrates with a bronze medal after the women’s unequal bar final in London 2012 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The then 28-year-old followed several Olympians who timed their sporting careers after the London Games, including cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Tweedle said: “I have a lot of projects after the Olympics and lately I’ve had a little more time to get back to the gym and decide if I can put 100 percent into it.

“I know deep down now that I can’t commit to hours more training to stay on top.

“I don’t think my achievements will ever really sink in, but when I look back, I can be very proud of what I’ve done and how I’ve done it.”

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