KUALA LUMPUR: Inspired by the men’s triumph on Sunday, the Selangor women’s team powered on to retain their Sukma (Malaysia Games) artistic gymnastics team title at Gymnasium 3, National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
On Sunday, Selangor’s men gymnasts Daniel Iskandar Richard, Chau Jern Rong, Benjamin Cheong, Chim Ai Di and Tan Fu Jie snatched back the gold from last year’s champions Penang with 291.75 points.
And despite some tumbles and falls, a determined Selangor, led by national gymnasts Farah Ann Hadi, Nur Azira Aziri, Nur Eli Elinna Azmi as well as Sarah Aneesa Mazwan, Nur Afiqah Rosnan and Leitia Ng Wei Qi clinched gold with a score of 185.850 points.
Sarawak’s Esmelda Arecia Geling, Linda Lim, Nur Amira Idayah Hayadi, Sufi Sofiyah Kadir and Syahzani Izzati Wan Yusof settled for silver on 182.750. Malacca (Tan Ing Yueh, Tracie Ang, Chong Yan Ling, Deifrin Choo, Emily Tan and Yap Chien Wen) took bronze with 179.550.
“It feels great to retain the title. When we won last year, it was by a very small margin – just one point. We managed to take it with three points this year, so it’s definitely a positive thing,” said Farah.
The 19-year-old Farah, who is competing in her fifth Games, will be eyeing another gold when she takes on the top 12 qualifiers in the all-around individual event today.
Farah has qualified top for the event with 51.65 points, just .03 points ahead of national team-mate Ing Yueh. Sarawak’s Esmelda is third with 48.90 points.