Farah draws on SEA Games glory to stay motivated


  • Gymnastics
  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

Champion’s grace: Farah performing in the floor exercise final of the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.

PETALING JAYA: National artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has drawn inspiration from her past memories to keep her motivated for the Olympic Games.

She did not go far but reminisced on her glorious outing at the SEA Games in the Philippines last December, where she swept three gold medals in the women’s all-around, uneven bar and floor exercise.

Her success did not come easy.

There were months of pain, preparation and anxiety.

“Athletes preparing for a major Games are faced with whirlwind of emotions, ” said Farah.

“Nerves set in when the competition dates get nearer. I used to keep going over the routines in my head again and again. It’s hard to stay calm despite all the excitement.

“The moment before one steps out for the competition is the worst and best feeling... the nerves are at its peak.

“The weight of waiting to perform is dreadful... but once you are out there and perform well, it’s one of the best feelings.

“And I remember after winning at the Philippines, tears of joy trickled down, ” added Farah, who shared all the wonderful moments at the Philippines Games on her Instagram page yesterday.

Farah knows that she will have to go through the same experience for the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

And she is willing to go through the drudgery in training again and the rollercoaster of emotions to make her debut in the Olympics a memorable one.

“The SEA Games photos reminded me of what I went through. I achieved my goals and dreams. And all those nerves turned into joy and happiness, ” she said.

“The fire in me is burning again. I want to go out there and do it all over again. Now, my hope is to turn my Olympics goals into reality.”

And all Farah wants to achieve in Tokyo is to give a worthy showing and put Malaysia on the world’s map.

Farah qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last year when she finished 59th out of 234 competitors in the individual all-around event at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

She made the cut by finishing 16th out of 20 gymnasts in the third qualifying criteria.

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