YOUNGSTER Christina Grace Lai flew all the way from Australia to compete in the skateboard competition but she did not even make it to the starting line.
The 13-year-old Malaysian, who is based in Gold Coast, sustained a hip injury after a fall while getting ready for the women’s park final in Palembang yesterday.
Christina was sent to the hospital but to the relief of the Malaysian team, she did not suffer any serious injuries.
“She fell while attempting some tricks during the warm-up. She could not get up and the organisers called for an ambulance,” said team manager Mohd Zamri Ramli.
“She had to pull out from the competition but she is okay now.”
It is certainly a massive disappointment for Christina to miss out on the action as skateboard is contested for the first time in the Asian Games ahead of its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.
Malaysia’s Yaziru Amiru Basyir finished seventh in the men’s street final with 17.3 points while Fatin Syahirah Roszizi ended eighth in the women’s street final with 5.4 points yesterday.