Farah can’t beam with pride until she gets the balance right


Achilles heel: Farah Ann stumbling during her balance beam routine at the 2019 SEA Games

PETALING JAYA: It’s all about a balancing act for national artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi as she prepares to be an all-rounder ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Farah knows she is good in all apparatus except for the balance beam and she is learning new skills to be better at it.

The 26-year-old has never won a gold medal in balance beam in the SEA Games. Her best was at the 2015 edition of the Games in Singapore when she took a bronze medal.

Last year, she dominated in the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around but muffed up in the balance beam at the 2019 Philip-pines Games.

For the Tokyo Olympics, Farah wants to perform equally well in all apparatus.

“I have increased my difficulty on the balance beam. I’m learning a new skill to be better in this event. For the other events, it’s more about maintaining the execution level, ” said Farah.

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 Stutt-gart, Germany.

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

Farah said her coaches – Ng Shu Wai and Natalia Sinkova – have been great in making sure that she remained motivated for the Olympics.

“Training has been going good. Coaches are making sure that we stay healthy and motivated, ” said Farah.

“There are pros and cons without competitions this year.

“The good thing is that I can recover from my minor injuries and work diligently on my skills but it will be good to have competitions to help us prepare me mentally and physically.”

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