29 March 2012Tweddle Takes Title at Doha Challenger Cup
Tweddle, who scored 15.900 in qualificiation, did not connect her planned back-to-back transitions of toe-full to toe-on Tkatchev-half to Yezhova into a Maloney-half. But the three-time world champion still pulled out a victory, scoring 15.125 over China's Jiang Yuyuan (14.875).
Hoping for an Olympic victory in London this summer, Tweddle could follow in the tradition of He Kexin, who won the bars title in Doha in 2008, a few months before taking gold in Beijing.
Jiang, also a member of China's gold-medal squad at the 2008 Olympics, performed a difficult set (full pirouette into elgrip, full back to elgrip, Jaeger, Pak salto; 1 1/2 out of elgrip into Tkatchev, double layout) but late pirouettes and a step on her double layout dismount cost her.
Swiss standout Giulia Steingruber upgraded to a layout Rudi on vault (15.325) to take the women's title comfortably. Qatar's Aljazy Al-Habshi placed eighth for the host nation.
The Chinese men took two titles: three-time Olympic champion Zou Kai won floor exercise, while teammate Liao Qiahua won still rings. Slovenia's Saso Bertoncelj defeated Liao to take the title pommel horse.
Competition concludes Friday with the remaining events.