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Malaysia’s gymnast Tan Ing Yueh loses gold medal after protest

Earlier today, Malaysia celebrated as national gymnast Tan Ing Yueh’s clinched the gold medal in the women’s balance beam event at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Tan Ing Yueh accumulated 13.100 points to finish in first place ahead of Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi, who was awarded 13.025 points.

However, Indonesia were less than satisfied with the results, and thus proceeded to submit an appeal to the judges.

Upon recount, Rifda’s points were amended from 13.025 points to 13.125 points. As a result, Tan Ing Yueh’s gold was revoked and she was awarded a silver instead.

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WATCH: Farah Ann in tears after bagging Malaysia’s 41st gold through gymnastics

Malaysia’s gymnastics queen Farah Ann Hadi has done it!

The 23-year-old clinched gold at the Artistic Gymnastics Floor Exercise event earlier this afternoon, bringing up Malaysia’s gold medal tally to 41.

Farah Ann, overwhelmed by her victory, could not hold back her tears while thanking her parents and other important figures who have been instrumental in her success.

Farah won the same event two years ago at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

Congratulations Farah Ann!

 

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Gymnastics: Farah Ann optimistic about clinching more gold in individual events

Malaysia’s Women artistic team led by Farah Ann Hadi bagged gold at the women’s event that took place at the MiTEC on Monday.

Aside from Farah Ann, team Malaysia consists of Tan Ing Yueh, Tracie Ang, Lavinia Jayadev, Nur Azira Aziri, and Nur Eli Ellina Azmi, who collectively raked in 200.950 points to emerge champions.

Singapore had to settle for second place with 190.050 points, while Indonesia succumbed to third place after accumulating 186.850 points.

The win was extra special for Malaysia because it happened in our own backyard, and also because Malaysia won the same event at the 2015 SEA Games.

“We won this gold for Malaysia, in our homeland, and that makes this victory very special to us and very close to our hearts.” Farah Ann told Astro Arena after the event.

“I’m happy with the team’s performance – we were all happy with what we did, because we were definitely aiming for gold so we gave it our best shot.” she added.

However, this is not it for the Malaysian gymnasts, they will also be competing in individual events today and are looking to bag more gold medals for Malaysia.

“Most of us have qualified for the finals, so hopefully in the individual events, we will make Malaysia proud again.” Farah said, beaming with optimism.

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“We’ll be grateful if the stadiums are full” – Farah Ann’s humble request to Malaysians

“We’ll be grateful if the stadiums are full” – Farah Ann’s request to Malaysians

National gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi wants Malaysians to fill up the stadiums during the upcoming 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

“Let the roar of the Tiger be heard.” Farah Ann said. “The fans may not know it, but when the stadium is full, it really helps the athletes to perform.” she added.

Gymnastics events (artistic and rhythmic) will be held at the MiTEC hall 9 & 10 from 20th until 28th August. Farah Ann will be competing in the artistic category.

Click here to buy your 2017 KL SEA Games tickets.

 

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13 shocking things you didn’t know about these Malaysian athletes

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When Twitter was invented, the whole world rejoiced because it became so much easier to get in touch with your favourite celebrities.

Be it a local or international celebrity, you get to mention them in a tweet and retweet their thoughts, photos and funny videos. The celebrities loved it too, because they got to reach out to their fans without any invasion of privacy.

It also became relatively easier to learn more about them, simply by following their tweets. We know Cristiano Ronaldo plays football with his son, Michael Ballack is upset about the situation in Aleppo, and Nico Rosberg loves IWC Schaffhausen watches.

Likewise, here are a few things we observed about our very own local athletes. Enjoy!

1) Lee Chong Wei’s choice of music revolves around Yuna and Wang Lee Hom. 

The 35-year old follows local singer Yuna, and Chinese-American singer-songwriter Wang Lee Hom on Twitter, amongst other badminton players all over the world.

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2) Malaysian diver and Olympic medalist Pandelela Rinong loves her chili pan mee.

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3) Pandelela is also a huge fan of South Korean boyband, Big Bang.

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4) Squash queen Nicol Ann David is your regular girl who loves Mr. Wolverine, Hugh Jackman.

5) Her choice of music include Nicki Minaj, Pink, Craig David, Kelly Rowland, and Alicia Keys.

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6) She has also challenged F1 racer Daniel Ricciardo to a squash game. Of course she won. 

7) Malaysian footballers Matt Davies (Pahang) and Darren Lok (JDT II) are literally BFF goals 

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8) If your guilty pleasures are Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, then there’s three things you have in common with national gymnast and gold medalist Farah Ann. 

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9) Her favorite football players are most probably these three guys; Syahrul Azwari (JDT), Ridzuan Abdunloh (Felda United) and Shahrul Saad (Perak FA).

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10) Footballer Safee Sali is a fan of Kim Kardashian West, David and Victoria Beckham. On that note, he’ll probably be launching his own fragrance or fashion line soon? 

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11) Malaysia’s football team captain Amri Yahyah enjoys watching Raja Lawak and his favourite comedian is most probably Zizan.

12) He is a Gooner at heart, and would choose Cristiano Ronaldo over Messi at any given time.

13) His favourite singer is none other than the legendary Datuk Siti Nurhaliza. 

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*Disclaimer: This list is based on social media observation and may or may not be true

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VIDEO: French gymnast suffers HORRIFIC leg injury

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French artistic gymnast, Samir Ait Said has a premature end to his participation at the Rio Olympics after breaking his left leg during the men’s vault qualifying rounds, yesterday.

The freak incident happened after Samir failed to have a clean landing, causing his tibia and fibula bone to snap, a sound which can be heard throughout the stadium and from live broadcast.

“He always give 200 percent in terms of effort because he’s here to win a medal for France. It is extremely hard on the team to see him being injured,” said team leader, Corrine Moustard-Callon.

The 2013 European Championship gold medallist received a huge cheer from the crowd as a show of support when he was stretchered off by the paramedics to a nearby ambulance.

The 26-year-old athlete might be in an agonising situation, but he responded with a wave to acknowledge the audiences’ goodwill.

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“Two gold, one silver” – Malaysian gymnasts make it big at Worlds

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Three Malaysian gymnasts claimed major victories at the World Gymnastic Championship in ljubljana, Slovenia, over the weekend.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi became the first Malaysian to ever win a medal in the uneven bars even, as she secured silver by collecting a total of 13,100 points, merely 50 points behind eventual winner, Ivana Kamnikar.

Photo Credit: The Star online
Photo Credit: The Star online

One day later, Tracie Ang made it even better by securing a gold-medal win in the floor exercise routine with a total of 13,450 points. She was also joined by another Malaysian, Tan Ing Yueh, who also won gold medal in the balance beam event with a total of 13,800 points.

“I just would like to thank my amazing coach, I am here today because of her and I have achieved this much because she helped me become the gymnast that I can be,” Farah Ann said through a post on her Facebook page.

“Thank you to my family for always supporting me. Also, to everyone who has supported me thank you so much. It means the world to me,” she added.