Nadine Joy Nathan, who made her international debut at the Youth Olympic Games as a junior and came within a couple of tenths from qualifying to the Olympic test event based on her performance at worlds in 2015, started the quad out on a high note with an all-around win at Singapore’s national championships this weekend.
The 17-year-old earned a total of 47.832 to top the field and to earn a spot on the team going to Germany for the DTB Pokal Team Challenge beginning tomorrow in Stuttgart, getting over a point ahead of the rest of the field thanks to clean and solid work on all four events. Because of the strengths she showed in the all-around competition, posting the top scores on every event but beam, where she was a tenth behind, Nathan opted to not compete in the event finals held the following day.
Janessa Dai, 18, made some of Singapore’s biggest teams last quad, including Commonwealth Games, Pacific Rims (twice), Southeast Asian Games, and world championships. The generally strong all-arounder didn’t have her best work on beam this weekend, but still managed to earn the silver medal with a 46.382 thanks to solid performances on other events, including the second-best score on vault and bars as well as tying Nathan for the top score of 11.7 on floor. Like Nathan, she too opted out of event finals, but will not compete in Stuttgart this week.
In third was Colette Chan with a 45.415, Zeng Qiyan was fourth with a 44.749, Mei Togawa was fifth with a 42.5, and Kelsie Muir was sixth with a 41.899. All but Togawa competed in event finals, with Muir winning the titles on vault and beam while Chan won bars and floor.
The junior title went to Josephine Mei Ng with a 46.115 while Shayne Tan won the silver medal with a 45.833 and Skye Phua won bronze with a 44.032. The vault title went to Gemma Mollison (sixth all-around) with an 11.733 average, Nydia Heng Han Xuan (fifth all-around) won bars with a 10.4, and Lim Sze (fourth all-around) won beam and floor with scores of 11.366 and 11.533, respectively.
Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins