SINGAPORE - Despite losing one member of the team to injury less than a week before the start of the SEA Games, the Singapore women's artistic gymnastics team retained their silver medal on Monday (Aug 21).
The quintet of Nadine Joy Nathan, 17, Kelsie Muir, 18, and Zeng Qiyan, 19, Mei Togawa, 16, and Colette Chan, 17, scored a total of 190.050 points in the team competition.
Malaysia kept five out of six members of their gold medal-winning team from the 2015 Games, and they retained their crown comfortably with 200.950 points.
A four-member Indonesia team, who had just two competitors in the same event in 2015, won the bronze with 186.850 points.
The total score was derived based on tabulating the four best individual scores for each apparatus (floor exercise, uneven bars, balance beam and vault).
A left ankle fracture had forced Tan Sze En to withdraw. The 16-year-old was injured last Tuesday during a training session. Even though she did not compete, she was in Kuala Lumpur to support her teammates.
Nadine, who competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, said: "I think Sze En's support helped tremendously, knowing that our entire team were present, regardless of whether or not she was able to compete.
"Going into the Games and knowing Sze En had to pull out, I think the entire team were slightly demoralised. But the main thing on our minds was to go out there as a team and nail all our routines."
Qiyan and Colette qualified for the uneven bars final to be held Tuesday morning at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Qiyan and Nadine qualified for the floor exercise and balance beam finals to be held on Wednesday.
Mei and Colette were making their SEA Games debuts.