THERE is seemingly no stopping Fatin Zakirah Jalany from sweeping all the gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics after grabbing the Malaysia Games individual all-round title at the Pahang Sports Complex Gymnasium Stadium in Kuantan yesterday.
The only obstacle to Fatin's bid for a clean sweep is her Federal Territories teammate Tai Qing Tong, who ended with the silver medal yesterday after finishing almost two points behind the winner.
Fatin and Qing Tong, who scored 97.299 and 95.398 points respectively, were head and shoulders above the rest with bronze medallist Shak Yuki of Selangor some way back on 91.766.
The FT pair are expected to rival each other in today's four apparatus finals though Fatin, who recently won two gold medals at the Asean Schools Games in Surabaya, hopes to bag them all.
"It was a close competition today, Qing Tong is a good gymnast too. I was a little disappointed after finishing second in the qualification standings so I vowed to work harder today and tomorrow to get all the gold medals.
"If possible I'd like to finish with six gold," said Fatin, 15, who helped FT to the team gold on Saturday.
Fatin, from Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, topscored in the ribbon and club routines while Qing Tong had the highest marks in the ring and ball events.
But an error with the ball by the 13-year-old Qing Tong, who scored 22.833 to Fatin's 24.716, effectively handed the gold medal to her teammate.
"My routine was not perfect either. There were some errors as well which I hope to rectify for tomorrow," added Fatin, who was inspired to take up gymnastics by watching former national gymnast Durratun Nasihin Rosli in action after enrolling at SK Convent 1 Bukit Nanas at age seven.