Farah Ann finally wins gold in all-around event


MANILA • National gymnastics queen Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (picture) and Tan Ing Yueh gave the women’s artistic gymnastic squad a glittering start at the 30th SEA Games by claiming gold and bronze respectively in the all-around event yesterday.

The 25-year-old Farah, energised by loud cheers from the spectators at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, topped the field with 48.05 points in total for the four routines.

Farah, who has booked her berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, started well by amassing 13.55 points on vault and 12.45 points on uneven bar, but was shaky on balance beam to score only 9.55.

However, the pretty lady mesmerised everyone with her moves on the floor exercise to score 12.5 points to bag her first SEA Games gold in the all-around event, which is also her 10th medal in the regional games.

Indonesian Rifda Irfanaluthfi claimed the silver with 47.8 points in total, followed closely by Ing Yueh with 46.9 points to complete a double podium finish for the country.

Talking to reporters after the medal presentation ceremony, Farah said the gold medal was special as she had been dreaming of this feat for a long time.

She will next compete in the women’s individual vault and uneven bar events today.

Farah had won four gold medals in team and floor exercise events at the 2015 Singapore and 2017 KL Games.