PETALING JAYA: National artistic gymnast Jeremiah Loo (pic) is looking at achieving a different goal in his first Olympic Games as he knows it will be tough to win a medal in Tokyo.
He will be happy if he can improve on his personal best en route to reaching the final of the men’s individual all-around event.
“My personal best is 76.5 and I hope to score higher than that,” said Jeremiah.
He had set his personal best en route to finishing 25th at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Jeremiah will be accompanied by his coach Ng Shu Liang, who is the brother of national women’s artistic coach Ng Shu Wai.
Shu Wai was the first Malaysian men to qualify for the Olympics at the 2008 edition in Beijing.
“My coach has kept me competitive although there have not been any tournaments for some time. He believes that the best is yet ahead of me,” he said.
A jubilant Jeremiah can’t wait to meet other gymnasts especially from China as he trained there for three years from 2012 to 2015. He will leave with the rest of the contingent on July 17.
“I hope to catch up with my friends from China. I want to savour every moment in Tokyo,” he added.
The other Malaysian gymnastics representative to Tokyo is top women’s artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.