GYMNASTICS: 'GUTTED' Beth Tweddle is determined to bounce back from her Melbourne agony by being fit for next month's European Championships.
The 20-year-old gymnast from Bunbury was forced to pull out of the Commonwealth Games after injuring her right ankle in training.
She landed awkwardly during podium training and damaged ligaments which will need intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation over several weeks before she can train again.
It was a devastating blow for the England gymnastics team captain. She would have competed in the women's team and individual competitions and was considered a medal hope in both, especially given her triple medal haul in the Manchester games four years ago.
When Tweddle spoke to the Chronicle the City of Liverpool Club member did not hide her disappointment.
But she added she expects to be back in time for the Europeans in Greece, which begin in around six weeks time.
Tweddle said: 'I'm fully gutted at the moment. It was a hard 24 hours after the injury waiting for the results of the scan.
'But I have started intense physiotherapy here in the village and I am staying on to support the team. As team captain I have still got a job to do.
'I should be back in action ready for the Europeans at the end of April all going to plan. The Beijing Olympics are still in the back of my mind but I've still not decided whether I will carry on that long yet.'
She added: 'As soon as I did it I knew that there was something wrong. I just knew that as I took off on the vault it didn't feel right on the board. On landing the impact hit me and my coach pulled me off to one side for immediate medical attention.'
The young gymnast is staying on in Melbourne to cheer on Team England.