Farah sheds tears of joy after fufilling Olympic Games dream

Showing her love: Farah Ann Abdul Hadi posing for a photograph ahead of her event at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: Tears flowed for Farah Ann Abdul Hadi after she completed her last apparatus.

The national artistic gymnast became emotional as her dream of competing in the Olympics has finally been realised despite all the uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 27-year-old finished 68th out of 85 after amassing 48.656 points at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo yesterday in the qualification round.

She did not make the cut for the individual all-around final as only the top 24 will make it but she can still afford to smile.

She got the highest points in two of her favourite events. She nailed 13.166 points in the vault and earned 12.233 in the floor exercise for her confidence in executing her jumps and entertaining performance.

In the other apparatus, she scored 11.600 points in the uneven bar and took 11.566 in balance beam.

It was understandable that Farah got emotional as five years ago, she missed out on the 2016 Rio Olympics by a mere 0.01 points.

In 2019, she qualified for the Games after finishing 59th out of 234 competitors in the individual all-around at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

“I am grateful to be competing here, and it’s an honour. I know I have given my everything at this stage. I gave it my all to be part of this Games,” said an emotional Farah.

“I would say I am satisfied with my outing. I did not get my landing right in only one apparatus (uneven bar). But, overall, it is an experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.

“I want to thank every Malaysian who has supported me all these years. I did my best, and thank you, Malaysia.”

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