Selangor’s Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (left) and team-mate Daniel Iskandar Richard posing with their gold medals after winning the all-around individual events at the National Sports Council’s Gymnasium 3 in Bukit Jalil Tuesday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Sometimes, you have to step away from your comfort zone and try to spice things up a little.
And that’s why after competing in five Sukma, national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has decided to pass up on her pet event – the floor exercise – in favour for the uneven bars in the women’s artistic gymnastics finals today.
The Selangor gymnast already has two golds to her name after bagging the team title on Monday and the all-around individual title with a score of 52.75 at the National Sports Council’s Gymnasium 3 in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Malacca’s Tan Ing Yueh (51.25) and Sarawak’s Esmelda Arecia Geling (47.65) took the silver and bronze respectively.
And Farah, who is only allowed to compete in two individual events (as she has competed in the SEA Games previously) is confident her calculated risk will pay off with another gold around her neck.
“It was a toss-up between the floor exercise and the uneven bars. But after discussing it with my coaches, we decided that I should go with the uneven bars as my routine has a higher starting value,” said Farah.
In fact, the 19-year-old landed her first SEA Games medal – a silver – in the uneven bars at the 2011 Indonesia Games.
“I love the performance and presentation aspect of the floor exercise – that’s why it’s my favourite. In my routine, I get to show off my personality and play to the gallery.
“The uneven bars is very technical and not so much performance-based but I want to expand my repertoire and this is the best platform. You have to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself,” said Farah.
A gold today will see Farah equal her best gold medal-haul at the Sukma. In 2010, Farah won three golds, one silver and one bronze.
Meanwhile, Selangor’s Daniel Iskandar Richard matched his 2012 performance at the Pahang Sukma when he won his second gold in the men’s all-around individual event yesterday.
Daniel scored a combined total of 75.50 points. Penang’s Saw Chao Wei (71.80) edged out Federal Territories’ Chooi Kit Weng (71.40) to take the silver.