Olivia Tai Qing Tong performing during the clubs event on the second day of the 13th Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships. She looks set to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games after placing joint third in ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon.
KUALA LUMPUR: Olivia Tai Qing Tong looks set to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing in August after she finished a creditable joint third in the four apparatus of the 13th Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Form Three student of SM Convent Bukit Nanas and Uzbekistan’s Nilufar Shomuradova accumulated 42.150 points to finish joint third in ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon on Saturday.
Kazakhstan’s Yelizaveta Mainovskaya emerged tops with a total score of 42.800 points while Uzbekistan’s Anora Davlyatova was second with 42.400 points.
The top five gymnasts from the championships will qualify for the YOG but each country is allowed to send just one gymnast for the Games.
Lee Wan Nin qualified for the rhythmic event in the inaugural YOG in Singapore four years ago.
Malaysian team manager Dr Farrah-Hani Imran said she was very pleased with Olivia’s results over the past two days.
“She did exceptionally well to finish overall joint third.
“We are waiting for the official confirmation from the FIG (International Gymnastic Federation) on Olivia’s qualification to the YOG,” said Farah, who also expressed much satisfaction with the performance of her other charges.
Uzbekistan made a clean sweep by winning both the gold medals at stake on the second day of the championships.
The former Russian state won the gold in the team all-around and also in the group all-around.
Their team of Nilufar Shomuradova, Jasmin Yusupova and Anora Davlyatova accumulated a total of 140.350 points to bag the team all-around gold, comprising four apparatus.
Kazakhstan’s Yelizaveta Mainovskaya, Veronika Lyssogor and Anna Maximova took the silver with a total of 137.050 while the bronze went to the Japanese trio of Ayuka Suzuki, Takana Tatsuzawa and Haruna Igarashi with 134.500.
It was hard luck for Malaysia’s Koi Sieyan, S. Shasangari and Olivia as they finished fourth out of 12 countries with 131.150 points in the team all-around.
In the group all-around, Uzbekistan’s team of Sabrina Ramazanova, Gyuzal Raymanova, Karina Tagaeva, Kamila Rustamova, Irina Saleh and Farangiz Akhmedova accumulated a total of 28.767 points to top the scores for the day.
For the group all-around event, each country must have five participants.
The silver went to China after their gymnasts Jin Kebing, Shi Jianyi, Liu Xin, Hu Yuhui, Koi Sie Yan and Li Ziyi amassed 28.150 points.
Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Guslyakova, Amina Kozhaxat, Nuray Kumarova, Aliya Moldaxmetova and Olessya Kolysheva bagged the bronze with 27.983 points.
Having just four gymnasts, Malaysia did not qualify for the group all-around event.