BUDDING rhythmic gymnast Veronica Au Wei Ran produced another classy act, stepping up to the Junior B section for competitors aged 14 and 15 years at the fourth Angel Cup at the National Sports Council Gymnasium 1 in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
Following her triumph in securing victory in the Junior B individual all-round contest at the opening day of the recent competition, Veronica continued her winning momentum making a clean sweep by bagging the top spot in all three individual apparatus (hoops, ball and clubs).
At the previous biennial meet hosted by the Serdang Rhythmic Angels (SRA), Veronica was the Junior A (12 and 13 years) individual overall winner.
However, she only settled for the second spot behind the South Korean eventual champion Son Yeon-jae from Gim-po Gymnastic Association in two individual events — rope and hoop — at the third edition of the competition two years ago.
Event organising chairman Kok Mong Lin said Veronica, who is training with the Unique team under the tutelage of Elena Mesheryakova based at the SJK (C) Serdang Baru 2 in Seri Kembangan, was a deserving winner.
“She combined interesting elements in executing clean routines. She was certainly a clear winner ahead of others,” added Mong Lin.
Meanwhile, the Unique duo of Izzah Amzan and Iman Iskandar Chan also engaged in an intense battle for supremacy in the three individual events of the Pre-Junior category.
Izzah secured the top position in the freehand and hoop while Iman emerged victorious in the rope.
“Both (Izzah and Iman) gymnasts have their own different identities. It is healthy that they are pushing each other to do well. Izzah was slightly more stable to edge Iman based on their current form.
“Up-and-coming talent from Jintana, Pomchanit Junthabud, provided the stiff competition for both of them in the Pre-Junior section on the final day. Although the Thai was very confident with her expressive moves, she needs time to work on her execution,” Mong Lin said.
The SRA and Unique line-up shouldered Malaysia’s challenge in the two-day tournament while foreign entries from nine other countries were from Uzbekistan, Cyprus, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and China.
The Pre-Junior and Junior categories drew almost 80 individual competitors and more than 160 competitors were in the group events.
Besides the support from their sponsors, Mong Lin also acknowledged the selfless contributions from individuals and parents in assisting them to cope with the overwhelming turnout of a total of 17 teams in the fray.
Newcomers from the Sattra RG Club of Thailand went all out showing high level of commitment in winning the spectators’ approval with their dynamic displays to chalk up two consolation victories in the Little and Aesthetic Gala events at the end of the competition.
“The Thais fielded a big contingent of almost 90 participants from three clubs (Jintana, Senachai RG Club and Sattra). We are expecting them to come back stronger with the big pool of promising talents in their respective teams and stamp their mark at the next Angel Cup,” said Mong Lin.
Little Gala: 1. Sattra RG Club. Thailand 8.500 pts; 2. Unique, Malaysia 8.033 pts; 3. Jintana A, Thailand 6.783pts
Aesthetic Gala: 1. Sattra RG Club, Thailand 8.350 pts; 2. Fantasia, SRA, Malaysia 8.216 pts; 3. Jintana, Thailand 7.816pts
Freehand: 1. Izzah Amzan (Unique, Malaysia) 21.416 pts; 2. Emily Barrow (Prahran RG, Australia) 20.850 pts; 3. Piyatida Siriboon (Sattra RG Club, Thailand).
Rope: 1. Iman Iskandar Chan (Unique, Malaysia) 19.633 pts; 2. Izzah Amzan (Unique, Malaysia) 19.225 pts; 3. Pomchanit Junthabud (Jintana A, Thailand) 18.566 pts.
Hoop: 1. Izzah Amzan (Unique, Malaysia) 19.600 pts; 2. Pomchanit Junthabud (Jintana A, Thailand) 19.100 pts; 3. Iman Iskandar Chan (Unique, Malaysia) 19.000 pts
Hoop: 1. Veronica Au Wei Ran (Unique, Malaysia) 21.816 pts; 2. Wang Yuan-Yuan (Quiao Xiao, Taiwan) 20.758 pts; 3. Tan Xin Yue (Unique, Malaysia) 20.200 pts
Ball: 1. Veronica Au Wei Ran (Unique, Malaysia) 22.800 pts; 2. Zaty Nazurah Halim (Unique, Malaysia) 21.858 pts; 3. Wang Yuan-Yuan (Quiao Xiao, Taiwan) 20.400 pts
Clubs: 1. Veronica Au Wei Ran (Unique, Malaysia) 23.650 pts; 2. Titiworada Chaiteerapattarapong (Jintana, Thailand) 20.750 pts; 3. Misato Koike (Saibi Junior Club, Japan) 20.050 pts
1. Unique, Malaysia (Izzah Amzan, Iman Iskandar Chan and Veronica Au Wei Ran) 179.705 pts; 2. Jintana, Thailand (Pomchanit Junthabud, Patarathida Ratanasatien and Titiworada Chaiteerapattarapong) 171.530 pts; 3. Sattra Club, Thailand (Songkron Maneevong, Piyatida Siriboon and Sasiwimol Kokfai) 170.322 pts