The Malaysian gymnastic squad have brought great honour to the country by winning five gold medals at the recent Elegant Cup in Kalamata, Greece. The Elegant Cup, or the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament took place from February 19-21. This is the national gymnastic squad’s first of many international competitions this year.
SEA Games gold medalist Koi Sie Yan won two gold medals for the individual all-around event and clubs event with scores of 14.950 points and 15.600 points respectively. She was also awarded two silver medals in the hoop event (15.050) and ribbon event (13.950).
15 year-old Izzah Azman, who became a new member of national squad, proved her worth by clinching two gold medals in the ribbon and hoop category. She was promoted to the senior squad earlier this year.
The junior squad won the final gold medal after impressing the judges in their group exercise performance. The team consists of Koh Jei Yi, Wong Kay Lyn, Amirul Fares Amira Sofiya, Nur Irdina Abdul Malek and Jessie Liaw Zi Xing. They scored a total of 10.250 points.
National rhythmic coach Yulia Ivanova was delighted with the team’s performance during the tournament and their willingness to perform new moves and techniques on the mat.
“We introduced new techniques and approaches during training, and it was nice to see them apply these changes in their first international tournament, she said as quoted by The Star.
“They executed their routines really well. There were a few mistakes, but we can work on them. It was a good platform for us to evaluate them, so I am quite pleased with that.”