Malaysian gymnast scores gold in Ukraine
By John Isaac
Artistic gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was not even supposed to take part in the uneven bar event at the Ukraine International Cup recently.
However, according to coach, Ng Shu Wai, they decided to field Farah instead of Tan Ing Yueh following a closed door discussion.
Well, the decision was surely a wise one as Farah won the event which was held in Kiev recently.
Farah scored 12.900 to win Malaysia’s first-ever gold in the competition.
“It has been such an amazing experience here in Ukraine. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing coaches Nataliya (Sinkova) and Shu Wai who always push me to do my best and always believe in me,” said Farah.
“My teammates are also incredible, without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve this.”
To cap a memorable outing, Farah also bagged a silver in the floor exercise with 13.200 points.
Farah returns home with one gold, one silver and two bronzes.
Shu Wai was elated and believes Farah has what it takes to do even better.
“I know she can do better than this. It is a good outing for her and we are happy she is starting the year on a high note,” said Shu Wai.
“The girls’ next competition is the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Chongqing, China. We want a better outing there for sure but lots of work needs to be done.
“We will refine some of their routines before heading to China. But for their first competition, they have certainly done well,” he added.
According to reports in The Star, Ing Yueh was also successful in Kiev as she won silvers in the balance beam and all around and bronze for the team event.
And just when many weren’t expecting the men’s gymnasts to get medals they shocked everyone by getting two bronze medals in what proved to be a competitive affair.