KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 (Bernama) -- Siblings Tan Jia Jih and Tan Jia Hui today acknowledged the prowess of their idol, Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi, as they had to settle with silver medal in the 16th Malaysia Games (Sukma) synchronised swimming duet technical routine at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, here today.
Jia Jih, 15, and Jia Hui, 13, who are representing Negeri Sembilan, collected 67.90 points, just 7.10 points behind Katrina Ann and Lee Yhing Huey from Selangor who collected 75.00 points.
Jacquelline Ng Siew Fong and Foong Yan-Nie from Federal Territories bagged the bronze medal with 63.60 points.
"Their (Katrina Ann and Yhing Hui) performance is very good. We are new and we are really satisfied with our performance today. We have given our best," said Jia Jih, who had ventured into the sport since she was eight.
Meanwhile, Jia Hui said they were both determined to continue to excel in synchronized swimming and to represent the country one day.
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The siblings then teamed up with Wong Xin Ying, Wong Mei Teng, Ooi Shuang, Jia Yue Chai, Gan Hua Wei and Nurul Faqihah Abdul Halim to win the second gold medal for Negeri Sembilan in the team's free routine event with 72.60 points.
Yesterday, they also bagged the gold medal in the team's technical routine event.
The silver medal went to Penang's team after collecting 66.90 points, while the bronze went to the Federal Territories' team with 64.80 points.
Meanwhile, the winner of five gold medals at the SEA Games in Palembang two years ago, Katrina Ann, also praised the performance of the two siblings.
"They both show a very strong commitment and I think they can go far in this sport. They are still young and will have many opportunities," she said.
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In the duet free routine event, shoulder injury was not a factor for Emanuelle Mah Thil Da and her partner, Tasha Jane Taher Ali, to give their best to win the first gold medal in synchronised swimming for Penang with 72.70 points.
Chai Jia Yue and Gan Hua we from Negeri Sembilan took the silver after collecting 70.00 points, while Foong Yan-Nie and Chen Yong Xing from the Federal Territories had to settle for the bronze with 65.00 points.
"Finally, we're able to make up for the disappointment of 2011 when we only managed to win the silver medal. Today, we bagged the gold," said Tasha Jane, 18.
Synchronized swimming will offer another gold medal tomorrow through the team's combination routine event.
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