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Full of potentia l: Georgia at the Total Gymnastique training centre in Subang Jaya.
RHYTHMIC gymnast Georgia Wong chalked up a perfect return to competition at the second Zhong Ling Club meet in Shenzhen, China recently.
In her second appearance at the championships, the 11-year-old Total Gymnastique trainee retained the top spot for the club in the individual overall contest of the Pre-Junior A category.
The Klang Valley-based centre’s co-owner Choo Kim Lian said her young charge took a three-month break from the national back-up training programme in March.
“She only had a short stint with the national set-up. She joined them in November last year. However, she opted to take a break for health reasons. Besides the strict diet, she struggled to cope with the short recovery period in between training sessions. She only resumed training at club level in June,” he added.
Despite a short period of preparation leading up to the recent outing, she accumulated a combined score of 42.65 points from four disciplines for the overall victory.
The SJK (C) Yuk Chai Year Five pupil also won the hoop, rope and freehand.
Besides registering the winning score of 11.50 points in the hoop, she scored identical scores of 11.35 points for her victories in the rope and freehand.
Georgia came in third with a score of 8.45 points behind Natthanicha Ampho of Thailand (11.35) and compatriot Tai Ushyan of Serdang (9.05) in the ball.
Kim Lian admitted Georgia fumbled with four major handling blunders and lost her footing twice in her ball routine.
“She had a disastrous run in the ball event but did enough to come in third to fend off her challengers in the individual all-round standings. It was also not plain sailing for her in winning the hoop. She missed a catch and her apparatus rolled away but this did not affect her final score that much because it happened at the end of her routine,” Kim Lian said.
Ushyan finished as the runner-up while Natthanicha was third in the overall standings of the Pre-Junior A.
It was an improved outing for Georgia after she finished third overall in the Pre-Junior B section including winning the ball and securing the third spot in hoop and freehand at the same meet last season.
Last year, Tee Wei Wen provided joy to the club with her overall victory in Pre-Junior A.
Meanwhile, Total Gymnastique also fielded another four gymnasts for the recent two-day meet.
Chia Xue Wen and Promise Huang took part in the Junior category while Ishra Kamiso and Tee Ker Jia featured in the Pre-Junior A and Pre-Junior B respectively.
Kim Lian said it was tough for both their entries to match the Singaporeans from the national junior squad as they went on to stamp their mark in the Junior section.
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