Young gymnast Hannah, 13, shows splendid form to help KL win gold

Pretty spectacular: Kuala Lumpur’s gymnastics gold medallists posing on the podium. — KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

ONE of the youngest artistic gymnasts Hannah Yasmeen Mazwan made the biggest impact in her first Malaysia Games (Sukma) yesterday to show that she is the future star in the making.

And even Olympian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has endorsed the youngster as a bright talent for the country.Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Final Wilayah Persekutuan Hannah Yasmeen Mazwan at floor exercise event at the SUKMA 2022 at Bukit Jalil. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The StarWomen’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Final Wilayah Persekutuan Hannah Yasmeen Mazwan at floor exercise event at the SUKMA 2022 at Bukit Jalil. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

Yesterday, the 13-year-old Hannah strutted her stuff to play her part in Kuala Lumpur’s victory in the women’s team and went on to defeat several seniors to finish third in the individual all-around at the Gymnasium Three in Bukit Jalil.

For a debutant, Hannah did well to score 11.050 points in vault, 9.650 in uneven bars, 12.650 in balance beam and 11.450 in floor exercise for a total of 44.800 points.

Her team comprised national gymnast Geanie Ng Ee Ling (8.400), Marissa Zaiful Azian (45.450), Nur Nisa Batrisyia Mohd Radzif (40.450), Nur Tashalina Nadzreena Mohd Shaharuddin (43.270) and Tan Jia Yi (33.750).

Geanie, who skipped the Vietnam SEA Games due to injury, only competed in the uneven bars, while Jia Yi competed in all except the uneven bars.

All combined for a total score of 177.450 points to finish ahead of Johor (166.250) and Penang (166.100).

Farah, who was one of the judges for floor exercise event, was pleased with Hannah’s performance.

“A few juniors like Hannah and 14-year-old Marissa are talents for future, I think they performed well and I’m happy to see their progression,” said Farah, who had quit the sport early this year after a decade long successful stint with the national team.

Hannah was honoured to be able to compete in the Sukma as it was a major championship for aspiring junior like her.

“I’m very excited as this is my first Sukma and it was a huge honour to be here,” said Hannah. “The excitement is hard to describe.

“I’m so happy that my team won and it’s a first Sukma gold for me. And I’m extremely happy to win bronze in the individual all-around. All our hard work has paid off.”

Individual all-around gold medallist Zarith Imaan Khalid of Penang.Individual all-around gold medallist Zarith Imaan Khalid of Penang.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Zarith Imaan Khalid of Penang stood solid to finish top in the women’s individual all-around with 49.300 points despite a minor blip in the floor exercise.

“I”m very grateful and thankful to everyone for the support, especially coaches, family and teammates,” she said.

“Even though there was a little bit of setback in my last event, the floor exercise, I managed to win. I want to focus on competing on the international stage.”

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