Early boost for gym­nasts

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE na­tional rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics squad re­ceived an early boost ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, when they ended their cam­paign at the World Chal­lenge Cup in Por­tu­gal yes­ter­day with five bronze medals.

Se­nior gym­nast Amy Kwan Dict Weng won two bronze through the in­di­vid­ual all-around and ball event while Iz­zah Amzan came in third in the rib­bon.

In the ju­nior cat­e­gory, Rayna Hoh Khai Ling bagged her medal in the ball event and then again in the team event to­gether with Tammy Ng Jia Wen.

Malaysian Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion (MGF) vice pres­i­dent Pet­rina Low said the achieve­ment in Europe would lift the spir­its of the gym­nasts ahead of the Sea Games.

“It was a fan­tas­tic out­ing for all of them. I am very proud of our ju­niors too.

“I want all the girls to stay fo­cused and not get car­ried away as our main goal is the Sea Games this year,” said Pet­rina.

The fi­nal list for the KL Games squad has yet to be fi­nalised, but MGF are hop­ing for the girls to record a clean sweep of eight gold medals in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics.

At the 2015 Sin­ga­pore Games, Malaysia won two gold through Koi Sie Yan and N. Shasan­gari Si­vaneswary when they emerged joint win­ners in the in­di­vid­ual al­laround event and one sil­ver in the team event.

Ear­lier this year, Sie Yan won one gold (ball), one sil­ver (hoop) and two bronze medals (clubs and rib­bon) at the Gra­cia Fair Cup in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary.

Amy Kwan won bronze in the in­di­vid­ual all-around and ball events at the World Chal­lenge Cup in Por­tu­gal yes­ter­day.

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