SINGAPORE: Gymnast Tan Ing Yueh has stepped out of Farah Ann Abdul Hadi's shadow by winning gold in the women's uneven bars event.
The 19-year-old turned out a near perfect routine on the bars to score 12.766 to win her first individual medal in her debut SEA Games. Ava Lorein Verdeflor of the Philippines took the silver with 12.366 while Farah won bronze with 12.200.
Ing Yueh also picked up the silver in the vault event with a score of 13.466 to finish behind Vietnam’s Phan Thi Ha Thanh (13.983) while Farah settled for another bronze (13.316).
It was a great day for Ing Yueh at the Bishan Sports Hall, a stark contrast to what she endured on Monday.
In the individual all-around event on Monday, she could only finish seventh.
It was Ing Yueh's second gold of the Games.
On Sunday, she won the team gold with Farah, Tracie Ang, Nur Eli Ellina Azmi and Siti Nur Bahirah Ahmad.
"I want to thank my coach Nataliya (Sinkova). After what happened yesterday, she made me promise to do better and I did," said Ing Yueh.
"I've got to thank Farah, too. She's a great role model; she gives me the energy to be better and she gives me so much support. I'm very surprised to win, Farah has been performing so well.
“We're not competing against each other. Today it was about getting the gold for Malaysia. It doesn't matter who does it as long as we win it for our country."
The Malacca-born gymnast can try and sneak in another medal in the women's floor exercise on Wednesday.
In the men’s competition, Jeremiah Loo finished eighth (10.633) in the pommel horse. In the rings, Jeremiah emerged fifth (12.933) while Mohd Hamzaruddin Nordin was seventh with 12.733.
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