Monday, November 21, 2011

Synchronised Swimming Yields Two More Gold Medals

PALEMBANG, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian synchronised swimming squad made a golden splash when it dominated events at the Jakabaring Aquatic Centre by wining both the gold medals in competition Sunday.

Earlier, Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Shareen Hui again wowed spectators with their performance in the duet free routine for an overall score of 76.051 points.

Singapore's Stephnie Chen and Cyrstal Yap won the silver with 72.750 points while the bronze medal went to the host nation's Samara Talia Pattiasina and Tri Eka Sandiri who scored 71.563 points.

The Malaysian victory was the third gold medal for the golden pair of Katrina Ann and Shareen after winning golds in the duet technical routine and team events yesterday.

"I would like to dedicate the gold medal to my parents who supported and encouraged me," said Katrina Ann who began taking synchronised swimming seriously, about 13 years ago.

"Before this, I was participating in several sports other than synchronised swimming. I have represented my school in artistic gymnastics and athletics," added the 19-year-old.

According to the Sunway College matriculation student, she and Shareen would try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

In the team free routine, Malaysia collected 75.825 points for the second gold medal of the day.

The host country took the silver with 73.925 points and the bronze medal went to Thailand with 72.113 points.

Tomorrow, synchronised swimming offers another gold medal in the team combination routine.

-- BERNAMA

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