Pint-Sized Douglas Shows He Is Full Of Talent

After winning gold in the parallel bars and bronze in the vault on Wednesday, Douglas could only score 18.800 points for a silver in the floor exercise and 18.750 points in his pet event – the pommel horse – for a bronze at Dewan Gimnastik, Selangor National Sports Council, Seksyen 6 in Shah Alam yesterday.

Badrul Amin Sanusi of Sarawak took the floor exercise gold with 18.900 points while his team-mate Ally Hamuda Abdullah settled for the bronze. Luqman Al-Hafiz Zulfa of Perak captured the pommel horse gold with 18.850 points and Penang’s Teoh Chun Feng the silver.

Douglas will compete in his final event – the rings – tomorrow. His coach, former national gymnast Ng Shu Wai, said he selected Douglas because “I saw a lot of potential in the youngster”. “He’s the first gymnast I took under my wings after I quit the sport. I see a lot of potential in him but he still has a long way to go. He still needs to develop his skills,” said Shu Wai.

“Going into the championships, I’ve not put any pressure on him to win any medals. He’s won and that’s good but my main objective in getting him to compete here was for the exposure. “He usually competes in smaller competitions ... so, this was a good way to build his competitiveness. I want him to learn how how to deal with competing against boys his age from other states. It’s a good way to build character and confidence.”

In the girls’ Under-18, Selangor’s Nur Afiqah Rosnan won the gold in the uneven bars with a score of 10.600 points. Kuala Lumpur’s Steff Chow (10.150) was second and Sabah’s Siti Shafira Atika (7.250) a distant third. Nur Atiqah narrowly missed out on making it a double after coming up just 0.10-point short of the gold in the floor exercise after scoring 11.550 points.

Penang’s Jerelyn Loo Hwang Phing clinched the gold with 11.650 points while her team-mate Chong Shin Yee came in third with 11.250.

*Sumber dari The Star


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