Gymnast Yuki dreams big after Angel Cup success

KUALA LUMPUR: National junior gymnast Shak Yuki hopes her triumph at the sixth Angel Cup will help her soar to greater heights.

At Gym 1 of the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil on Saturday, Yuki, representing the Serdang Rhythmic Angels Club, won the coveted individual all-around title with a combined score of 43.931 points. Team-mate Chong Lok Yi took the silver with a 39.382 total while Taiwan’s Ou Man-chi of Taichung Dong Suan finished third with 36.382 points.

Previous individual all-around champions from the club were Jamie Lee Yoke Jeng (2004) and Elaine Koon (2006) and they went on to represent the country. Jamie won the bronze (hoop) in the Manila SEA Games in 2007 while Elaine flourished at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games with a five-medal haul - one gold, one silver and three bronzes.

Yuki aims to follow in her predecessors’ footsteps.

“It was my last outing at the Angel Cup as a junior and I wanted to end on a high note. I only managed two silvers (clubs and team) and a bronze (ball) at the Perlis Sukma, so this was a bit of a redemption for me,” said Yuki.

“I know it’s a long road ahead, knowing what the previous champions were able to achieve. I hope I can emulate their success one day.”

The 14-year-old gymnast danced her way to her second gold on Sunday when she triumphed in the clubs event.

Performing to the sounds of Miami Sound Machine’s Conga, Yuki scored 14.776 points to finish ahead of Lok Yi (13.733) and Man-chi (12.766).

“It was my last routine of the tournament and I wanted to make up for the ball routine which wasn’t very good over the two days,” said Yuki.

Yuki, however, did not have everything her way.

She had to settle for the silver in the hoop with a 13.733 total. Lok Yi grabbed the gold with a 14.933 score.

Lok Yi (13.733) also clinched the gold in the ball event with Man-chi (11.466) taking the silver while Singapore’s Michele Petrova Lau (11.366) finished third.

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