Farah collected 51.850 points to take the silver medal behind Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh who scored 53.650. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: Four years have passed since the disappointment of the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games in Palembang.
And Farah Ann Abdul Hadi had plenty to smile about after winning silver in the women’s individual all-around event at the Bishan Sports Hall.
Farah amassed 51.850 points to take silver behind Vietnam’s Phan Thi Ha Thanh, who defended the title she won at the 2011 Palembang Games with a score of 53.650. Singapore’s Nadine Nathan took bronze with 51.000 points.
In Indonesia four years ago, the 21-year-old Farah finished a disappointing sixth.
“I came into the finals with a lot of pressure being the top qualifier. Yesterday (in the team) Phan didn’t do very well. So, I knew I had to be perfect today for a shot at the medals,” said Farah.
“I started okay on the vault, but I had a bad landing during the (uneven) bars and a fall in the (balance) beam. But if I look back to four years ago, I finished sixth in the event. So, to finish with a silver ... I’m very happy.”
Tan Ing Yueh also did well to finish seventh out of 11 competitors with 48.450 points.
In men’s competition, it was a 1-2 finish for Vietnam as Dinh Phuong Thanh undid his more illustrious compatriot Pham Phuoc Hung to win the gold with a score of 86.150. Pham took silver with 85.250 points and Singapore’s Gabriel Gan the bronze with 79.350.
Malaysia’s Jeremiah Loo finished seventh out of 12 competitors with 75.800 points.
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