PETALING JAYA: Many would have expected national artistic gymnast Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing to quit the sport after a poor showing at the Philippines SEA Games due to a shoulder injury.
But he is soldiering on to make a comeback as a strong gymnast.
Jeremiah knew it would be tough to defend the gold in pommel horse after injuring his shoulder two weeks before the Games but the 22-year-old made the trip anyway.
He qualified only in the pommel horse final but finished sixth with 12.600. His teammate Tan Fu Jie won gold with 13.967.
Jeremiah said representing the nation, even in pain, was something he would cherish.
“I was injured but I had to be there with my team as they are only four of us (Fu Jie, Zul Bahrin Mat Asri and Chau Jern Rong). It was a good exposure, ” he said.
Jeremiah has had shoulder injury before too – he got hurt during training on the rings at the National Sports Council Gymnasium in Bukit Jalil in June.
Jeremiah wants to start 2020 with renewed focus on recovery, rehabilitation and conditioning.
“I’ll get better. Juniors will join the senior team next year, and I can’t rest on my laurels, ” he said. “I’ll be patient and work harder. It’s time to bounce back next year.Next year, the senior team will be joined by Ng Chun Chen, Teoh Chuen Feng and Luqman Al-Hafiz.