2017-09-05 12:30:15
Four out of eight gold medals for injured gymnast Sie Yan

At one stage she feared that an ankle injury would ruin her prospects in the 29th SEA Games but the 18-year-old Koi Sie Yan turned out to be the toast of the Malaysian gymnastic team.

The Bukit Jalil Sports School student gave a dominating performance to win four of the eight gold medals Malaysia won in the competition, which included a team gold that ended Malaysia's decade long wait.

With a captivating smile, Sie Yan won the hearts of the judges as she did her routines to nail the gold medal in the hoop and clubs apart from defending the individual all-round gold.

In the team event, Sie Yan teamed up with Izzah Amzan, Chong Kok Yi and Amy Kwan Dict Weng for the gold.

Sie Yan also clinched the silver medal in the ribbon and ball to live up to her reputation as the most consistent gymnast in the national team.

For the record, Amy Kwan and Izzah won two golds each - in the team and ribbon and team and apparatus respectively.

"I have not fully recovered from my ankle injury but I just smiled and did my routines the best I could," said Sie Yan.

Malaysia's other golds came in the group exercise girls, represented by Thew Yue Jin, Chan Mei Thung, Koh Jie Yi, Tee Wei Qi, Tee Wei Wen and Amira Sofiya Amirul Fares. They have managed to win the single apparatus (five hoops) and mixed apparatus (two rope and three balls).

The girls are now eyeing for a good show in next April's Commonwealth Games which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia.

Source: Team Malaysia