Sport Singapore CEO, Mr Lim Teck Yin (2nd from right), with Team Singapore Gymnast Lim Heem Wei (2nd from left) and SEA Games mascot, Nila, at the 11th Singapore Gymnastics Open Championships (Artistic). (Photo by VoxSports)
Team Singapore athletes had a successful outing at the 11th Singapore Gymnastics Open Championships (Artistic) as they dominated the top-four placing in the men’s and women’s Individual All-Around standings.
Ashly Lau, who finished seventh in the recent Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Doha, took top spot in the Singapore Open (Women’s) with a final score of 49.800 ahead of Malaysian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.
Janessa Dai and Zeng Qiyan came in third and fourth respectively with a respectable score of 47.750 and 47.350.
The three-day event drew in gymnasts enthusiast not only from the region but also from France as they competed in various level in the artistics discipline.
These developments brought smiles to Singapore Gymnastics’ First Vice-President Mr Lee Hong Chuang as he was pleased with the growth of the sport in Singapore.
“Definitely the standard have been raised and it is an opportunity for our gymnasts to compete with international gymnasts,” explained Mr Lee.
“It has become popular. When we first started Singapore Open, we had about 100 gymnasts, this year we have over 500 gymnasts taking part from Kinder Level, Level 1 and all the way to FIG International competitions.
Team Singapore Gymnast Lim Heem Wei in action on the balance beam. (Photo by VoxSports)
“So it has grown significantly over these four to five years,” added the Singapore Gymnastics’ First Vice-President.
Over in the men’s category, although the top spot eluded Team Singapore, the Republic’s gymnasts bagged the next three placing.
Aizat Jufrie came in second, behind Thailand’s Robert Tee, with a score of 75.350 while Timothy Tay finished in third placing and Martyn Danial ended the meet in fourth spot.
“I did fine and tried to treat it as per normal during my trainings,” said Aizat who bagged the top spot in the 2013 Hong Kong Invitational Championships vault event.
“I am happy that I managed to complete it without failing any moves. I always tell myself to keep it neat and complete the routine and execution.
“The team preparations is good. Everyone putting in their effort and hopefully we will be ready for SEA Games,” added the 18-year old.
For Terry Tay Wei An (below), he was hopeful that this competition will be the perfect tonic for Team Singapore as they gear up for an important assignments later this year.
Team Singapore Gymnast Terry Tay Wei An. (Photo by VoxSports)
“It is a good stepping stone which helps us build towards various platforms such as the Commonwealth Games on August. The team spirit, we are moving forward together as a team,” remarked Tay who came in first in the vault table event.
“This is the first time Singapore is sending a men’s team. It is not just an eye opener but it is something we all are looking forward to,” added Tay.