As expected, Kuala Lumpur and Johor trooped off as overall champions in the four-day Malaysian Schools Sports Council Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at SMK Ayer Keroh Hall and Bistari Mini Stadium in Malacca recently.
Kuala Lumpur’s final haul in the rhythmic category was 12 golds, eight silvers and four bronze medals with perennial bridesmaid Selangor unable to step to the fore and finishing a distant second with three golds, 10 silvers and six bronze.
Hosts Malacca finished third with one silver and two bronze medals.
In the artistic class, Johor were the big winners with a haul of 11 golds, four silvers and four bronze medals with Selangor second best on 8-6-4. Perak wound up in third position with a 5-7-8 collection.
On the opening day, fancied Kuala Lumpur asserted their class and superiority quickly with their gymnasts claiming the top three spots in the junior (Under 15) rope and hoop disciplines. They also stamped their prowess by taking top honours in the senior (Under 18) rope and pre-junior (Under 12) free hand events.
Kuala Lumpur’s Durrah Jasmine Abu Din added more glory for Kuala Lumpur earning 21.325 points in the pre-junior hoops while team mates Lim Yve Voon and Yoong Li Li collected the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the senior rope discipline.
Kuala Lumpur's golden blaze continued with Tun Nur Aderina Tun Yazli and Durrah making it a one-two finish in the pre-junior free hand discipline.
On the second day, Durrah continued her golden streak winning the pre-junior individual all around (IAA) title with 41.650 points. The Bukit Nanas Convent lass also captured the gold in the rope event, silver in the free hand and bronze in the ball disciplines.
Wan Siti Haniza Wan Izhar added further to Kuala Lumpur’s gold count by winning the junior IAA event carding 69.050 points. Selangor’s Jamie Lee Yoke Jeng was second on 66.050 points with team mate Yap Lee Yan third on 65.300 points.
Kuala Lumpur’s Charity Lim added to the golden shine by celebrating ‘double’ top spots in the Girls Under 15 uneven bars and vault with 6.450 points and 8.100 points, respectively.
On the third day, it was the turn of Perak’s Wan Sherkawi Wan Zahari to claim four gold medals. A Standard Six pupil at Taiping SK King Edward, he romped to wins in the pre-junior pommel horse (8.750 points), IAA title (17.200 points), apart from striking gold medals in the floor exercise and parallel bars.
On the final day, Kuala Lumpur’s Siti Haniza Wan Izhar took the spotlight winning golds in the Under 15 rope, clubs and ribbon disciplines with scores of 21.700, 22.600 and 22.100 points, respectively.
The meet, which attracted some four hundred and twenty exponents from eleven states including Labuan, concluded with the staging of demonstrative events encompassing the best of rhythmic and artistic disciplines performed by Malacca gymnasts.