Farah Ann Abdul Hadi enjoyed her best ever SEA Games with her third gold medal in the 30th edition in Manila while teammate Tracie Yeoh was ecstatic with her first individual gold when the artistic gymnastics competition came to a close at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila on Wednesday.
After winning the individual all-around event and the uneven bar the pretty 25-year-old Farah Ann, who is a big hit with the local crowd – thanks to her captivating smiles – defended her floor exercise gold.
Farah was the first to come out for the floor exercise and she did enough to garner 12.600 points – a target that was difficult for her rivals to beat. Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi who was touted for the gold could only manage a 12.333 total that was only good for a silver medal. Vietnam’s Tran Doan Quynh Nam (12.033) won the bronze.
“This edition of Sea Games mean a lot to me…my best so far. I would no be here if not for the support from my family, coaches, teammates, and supporters,” said a delighted Farh who has earned a ticket to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Another Malaysian who will remember the Philippines Sea Games is Tracie Ang who finally laid won individual gold and this was in the balance beam. The 26-year-old Tracie won the elusive gold with 12.867 points.
Winner of several golds in team events and medals of other colors in the individual events, Tracie was jubilant with her achievement in Manila this time – 14 years after making her Sea Games debut in Manila in 2005.
Indonesian Rifda once again played bridesmaid with 12.133 points for the silver with Vietnam’s Do Thi Van Aanh taking the bronze with figures of 10.367. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH