Gymnastic feat named after Terry Tay

Gymnastic feat named after Terry Tay

SINGAPORE - Local gymnast Terry Tay has joined an exclusive club that includes some of the sport's greats such as Li Ning and Kurt Thomas, following a move that was named after him on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old earned the certification from the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), the sport's governing body, after successfully performing it on Monday at the ongoing World Championships in Belgium.

He is believed to be the first male artistic gymnast from South-east Asia to accomplish that feat.

Performed on the still rings, the "Tay" - the name awarded by the FIG - has a high difficulty level of E (increases from A to F) and a description which those unacquainted with gymnastics would find hard to comprehend.

Its creator, however, needs just one word to describe it.

"Power," said the Year 3 Nanyang Polytechnic student, referring to how much strength the move demands of a gymnast.

"It involves precise technical execution, great amount of strength and grace."

Original elements are named after gymnasts when an athlete becomes the first to successfully execute them at either the world championships or Olympics.

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