Tuesday, June 3, 2008

See Teng and Jonathan emerge as individual all-around winners

PETITE Cheong See Teng of Malacca and Australia-based Jonathan Chien of Sarawak grabbed the girls' and boys' individual all-around titles respectively at the indoor stadium of the Gong Badak Sports Complex yesterday.

But the women's competition was marred by a Selangor protest against bias judging. Selangor felt that their gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, was robbed of the gold medal.

The jury stood by the decision to award the gold to See Teng, who posted 53.250. Farah chalked up a 51.350 for the silver and Nor Hasleen Fatihin of Pahang took bronze on 50.700.

A petite Cheong See Teng of Malacca proudly showing off her individual all-around gymnastics gold medal.

In her Sukma debut in Negri Sembilan in 2004, See Teng made headlines as a 11-year-old – winning four gold medals in her Games debut. And at the last Games in Alor Star, she bagged two gold medals.

She has now won two in Kuala Terengganu after helping the team to win the gold medal on Monday.

“I am down for three more events and hope to improve on my previous tally,” said the 15-year-old student of the Cannosa Convent, who will compete in the vault, balance beam and floor exercise today.

Sarawak will also be hoping for a bigger medal haul from Jonathan in the individual disciplines.

The 19-year-old from Sibu emerge as the individual all-around champion with a score of 78.150. Kedah's Mohd Shahril Johari won the silver on 75.450 and Saw Chao Wei of Penang finished third on 73.800.

The Star

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