Malaysia pip Singapore for women's artistic gymnastics gold

Malaysia's Farah Ann Abdul Hadi performing on the balance beam during the women's artistic gymnastics team final at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Farah Ann Abdul Hadi performing on the balance beam during the women's artistic gymnastics team final at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Malaysia have won the SEA Games women's artistic gymnastics team event at Bishan Stadium on Sunday, breaking Singapore's stranglehold on the title from 2005.

They finished with a total of 206.200 points to overtake Singapore's overall score of 202.500 and the Philippines,  who scored 191.400 to finish third. 

Singapore were champions in 2005, 2007 and 2011, with gymnastics omitted from previous editions of the Games in 2009 and 2013.

Led by 2013 Asean school championships gold medallist Janessa Dai, the hosts were ahead in the standings as late as the third rotation, leading Malaysia by two points. However, a strong final floor routine by Malaysia earned them the gold.

Janessa, 16, led a team of debutantes and despite having to settle for silver, still believes it was a good first experience of the Games for she and her teammates. 

"We are certainly very proud to have got the silver. We did our best," she said.

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