C’Wealth Games: Gymnast Hoe vaults to bronze

C’Wealth Games: Gymnast Hoe vaults to bronze
Hoe Wah Toon.

Gymnast Hoe Wah Toon wore the broadest of smiles as he watched his scores appear on the screen at Glasgow's SSE Hydro yesterday.

The 25-year-old Singaporean did just enough to win the bronze medal in the men's vault final with an average score of 14.195.

He finished behind Canada's Scott Morgan (14.733) who took gold, and second-placed Englishman Kristian Thomas (14.499).

India's Ashish Kumar had looked good for a podium finish with his first vault score of 14.333, but the 23-year-old fell flat on his back in his next jump, relegating him to last place in the eight-man final.

While Hoe celebrated his bronze medal, there was little joy for the Republic's shuttlers, as two mixed doubles pairs crashed out at the quarter-final stage yesterday.

Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei were blitzed by the English husband-and-wife pair of Chris and Gabby Adcock in their quarter-final, losing in straight sets 21-13, 21-14.

Triyachart and Yao fell in a 32-minute match in which they never once took the lead.

Frustrated

"We lost to better opponents today, they were very fast and controlled the net from the start," said Triyachart, who at 13-19 down in the second set, threw his racket up in the air in disappointment.

"We tried to open up the play and push them to the back, but were unable to get the upper hand."

Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, seeded second in the mixed doubles event, suffered the same fate as Triyachart and Yao as they were knocked out by the Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing 21-8, 17-21, 21-19.

It was the same Malaysian pair who broke Singapore's hearts in the mixed team event semi-finals, beating Chrisnanta and Neo 2-1 in the rubber match to eliminate the Republic last Sunday.

Singapore, though, went on to win bronze medal by beating India.

Triyachart and Chrisnanta had no time to lament over their exits in the mixed doubles event as they had to play Scotland in the men's doubles quarter-finals this morning (Singapore time).

In the men's singles, Derek Wong was scheduled to take on India's Srikanth Kidambi in the quarter-finals, with Yao teaming up with Shinta Mulia Sari to face Malaysia in the women's doubles quarter-finals.


This article was first published on August 2, 2014.
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