Champion gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi who made headline news early last year in her native Malaysia due to her competition attire and how the general public perceived her has missed her latest opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Farah scored 13.600 in the vault, 12.500 in the uneven bars, 10.166 in the balance beam and 12.866 in the floor exercise for a 49.132 total in the competition, which had also served as the final Olympic qualifier. She needed to place within the top 60 to clinch automatic qualification. Jeong Hee-Yeon came in 60th on 49.699.
Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) secretary N. Shanmugarajah said Farah could still compete at the Olympiad, though admitted that her chances are slim at best. “Unfortunately Farah was not able to gain direct entry to the Olympics via the qualifying event but it is not over yet,” said Shanmugam. “There is still a small chance she can compete at the Olympics either as a wildcard or as a reserve gymnast. “At the moment we do not know her status yet as we have to wait for the International Federation of Gymnastics to finalise the qualifiers. “They will make an announcement later either later this week or next week and we (MGF) are hoping to hear some good news.”