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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Japan, who finished overall second with two gold, four silver and six bronze medals behind Russia at the 29th University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, also defended the men’s team title.
The Universiade, which is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games, witnessed more than 7,500 athletes from 121 nations, competing in 21 summer sports, but China did not send any of their artistic gymnasts to the event.
Japan accumulated 260.225 points, with valuable contributions from Shogo Nonomura (15.550), Wataru Tanigawa and Kenta Chiba (15.150 each) and Yuya Kamoto (15.050) helped them win the crown.
Ukraine took the silver (257.900) followed by Russia (253.150).
Ukraine almost came close to winning the team’s title after they led more than 3.5 points following impressive performances by Olympic parallel bars champion Oleg Vernyayev and Olympic medalist Igor Radivilov, who put up big scores on rings and vault.
But the Ukrainians, who had topped team totals on pommel horse, rings and vault, disappointed on the high bar with just the ninth-best total while Japan claimed the parallel bars by putting up the highest team score on any event.
Athletes between the age of 17 and 28, and who have taken at least one 3-credit university course or received a diploma within the past year were eligible to participate in the competition.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Vietnam claimed three gold medals out of five apparatus on the final day of the artistic gymnastics competition, but the host nation won the overall honours at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with five gold, four silvers and two bronze medals.
Dinh Phong Thanh took the honours in parallel bar (14.900) followed by compatriot Pham Puoc Hung and Thailand’s Jamorn Prommanee on Wednesday.
Vietnam, who finished second in the competition with five gold, three silver, won the men’s horizontal bar gold and silver, with Le Thanh Tung and Dinh Phong taking the honours.
Malaysia’s Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing finished third.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Farah Ann Hadi won the women’s floor exercise with 13.450 points.
Kaitlin De Guzman of the Philippines came second followed by Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi.
Earlier, Rifda won her country’s first gymnastics gold when she claimed the balance beam with 13.25 points.
Malaysia’s Tan Ing Yueh and Kaitlin finished second and third respectively.
The rhythmic competitions will begin on Wednesday.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Vietnam men’s artistic team won the team gold with 319.05 points followed by the hosts Malaysia and while the Philippines at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday.
The team of Dang Nam, Dinh Phuong Thanh, Do Vu Hung, Le Thanh Tung, Pham Phuoc Hung and Tran Dinh Vuong garnered 319.05 points to pip the hosts, who collected 305.55 followed by the Filipinos (293.20).
Malaysia had last won a team bronze at the 2007 Korat Games.
However, the Malaysian women artistic team led by Farah Ann Hadi did a shade better by defending their team gold earned two years ago.
The team of Farah, Tan Ing Yueh, Tracie Ang, Lavinia Jayadev, Nur Azira Aziri, Nur Eli Ellina Azmi retained the title with 200.950 points.
Singapore came second with 190.050 and Indonesia finished third (186.850).
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Selangor-born Tan Fu Jie, who received a surprise call-up to the national team, and Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing ended the host’s 12-year gold at the SEA Games by sharing the men’s individual pommel horse apparatus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday.
They had an identical 13.650 points while Thailand’s Jamorn Prommanee (13.250) came third.
Ng Shu Wai had won the all-around and horizontal bar golds while Malaysia added the team title at the 2005 Games in Manila, the Philippines.
At the Singapore Games two years ago, Malaysia had won only a silver when Jeremiah finished second in the men’s individual horizontal bar.
Reyland Yuson Capellan of the Philippines collected 13.950
points to win the floor exercise title followed by Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Mat Asri (13.750) and Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta (13.600).
Vietnam's Dang Nam and Pham Phuoc Hung won gold and silver in the men's ring apparatus while Indonesia's Dwi Samsul Arifin came third.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Tan Sze En, one of the top artistic gymnasts in the Singaporean squad, will miss the 29th SEA Games, currently underway in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, following a left ankle fracture.
The 16-year-old injured during a training session last week while executing a round off double twist discount from the balance beam.
Nadine Joy Nathan, Kelsie Muir, Zeng Qiyan, Mei Togawa  and Colette Chan are the other members in the contingent.
Nadine, Kelsie and Qiyan competed at the last edition where Singapore won a silver medal Mei and Colette were debutants.
Despite her absence, Singapore Gymnastics’ General Manager Karen Norden exuded confidence the team will do well.
“We’ve an experienced team and the girls are fully prepared for all the four apparatus,” said Norden.
In the team competition, the four best individual scores for each apparatus (floor exercise, uneven bars, balance beam and vault) are counted towards the total score.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT):Kaitlin De Guzman of the Philippines claimed the women’s artistic gymnastics uneven bars gold at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday.
It was a history of sort as her mother Cintamoni also won a gold in the same event at the 1995 edition.
After Reyland Capellan won the men’s floor exercise, the Filipino-American De Guzman bagged the title with 12.875 score.
“I’m happy to win a gold representing the Philippines,” said the 17-year-old, a senior at Epic Charter Home School in Dallas, Texas.
Malaysia’s Tracie Ang came second with 12.550 points while Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi finished third (12.075).
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Tan Ing Yueh won the vault title followed by Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi and Tracy Ang of the host country.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysian artistic gymnast Nur Eli Ellina Azmi wants to dedicate a gold at the SEA Games to her late mother, who died in December, 2015.
“She battled with cervical cancer for two-and-a-half years. I wish she was around to watch me in action,” said Eli. “I’ll go all out to make it a memorable outing at home.”
Interestingly, the 22-year-old did not make the cut for the Games after she fractured her right ankle during a friendly competition in Australia in June.
“It was tough, but I didn’t give up although the medical report wasn’t good,” she added. “I attended rehabilitation programme and worked really hard. I could recover and I’m back on my feet again,” said Eli, who has been with the national team for eight years.
She bagged a silver in the balance beam in her Games debut in Palembang in 2011, and also helped her country win team gold in Singapore two years ago.
“My first task will be to help Malaysia defend the team title. The second would be to win my first individual gold,” she said.
Lavinia Jayadev, Tan Ing Yueh, Tracie Ang, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and Nur Azira Aziri are the other members in the squad.


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