Jeremiah’s campaign over but he looks on the bright side


Jeremiah Loo competing in the horizontal bar during the individual all-around qualification at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo. - Photo by National Sports Council

PETALING JAYA: Artistic gymnast Jeremiah Loo’s campaign is over in the Olympic Games after he fell short in the individual all-around qualification round.

The 23-year-old finished finished 62nd out of 66 gymnasts after amassing 67.498 points at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on Saturday. The last four did not finish in the competition.

It was far from his personal best score of 76.5.

Jeremiah’s best routine was the floor exercise when he scored 13.100. In the other apparatuses, he collected 12.466 for vault, pommel horse (12.266), horizontal bar (11.766), parallel bars (10.200) and rings (7.700).

Only the top 24 ranked gymnasts, a maximum of two from each nation, qualify for the all-around final.

Naturally, Jeremiah was disappointed but he believes the experience would only make him stronger.

“Competing against the best of the best is not easy. I knew it would be tough but I learnt a lot from watching these world-class gymnasts,” said Jeremiah.

“There were nerves and I could not produce my best. The preparation time was short.

“At this stage, I need routines with higher difficulties. It’s an eye-opener and I hope to grow as a stronger gymnast after this experience,” added Jeremiah, who trains under coach Ng Shu Liang.

In the all-around qualification, Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto finished first with 88.531, while Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy finished second with 87.897. China’s Xiao Ruoteng was in third with 87.732.

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