Rachel wins beam title for her second gold in Hanoi

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HANOI: National artistic gymnast Rachel Yeoh Li Wen won the balance beam event to claim her second gold medal at the 31st SEA Games at Quan Ngua Gymnasium Center today.

The 23-year-old’s stellar performance follows her uneven bars triumph yesterday.

In today’s competition, Rachel amassed 12.567 points to edge Aleah Finnegan Cruz of the Philippines in second place with 12.367 points while Vietnam’s Pham Nhu Phuong took bronze with 12.167 points.

When interviewed by reporters, Rachel said her achievements in Hanoi would motivate her to work harder to produce strong results at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and the 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia.

Rachel said she was only aiming for a podium finish in today’s event.

“The competition is very tough here and winning two golds and a bronze is a good achievement,” said the Penang-born athlete, who won bronze in the individual all-around two days ago.

Rachel, however, failed to maintain her good form in the floor exercise when she finished last among eight participants with a score of 11.467 points.

Thailand’s Sasiwimon Mueangphuan and Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi shared the gold medal with 12.700 points while bronze went to Vietnam’s Pham Phuong Nhu with 12.033 points.

Meanwhile, four men’s national gymnasts failed to finish in the top three in their finals today.

Muhammad Sharul Aimy, who won bronze on pommel horse yesterday, only managed to place sixth on vault while Teoh Chuen Feng finished eighth on horizontal bars.

On parallel bars, Luqman Al Hafiz Zulfa finished sixth while Ng Chun Chen was last among eight entrants. – Bernama

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