ELAINE Koon may no longer be with the team but that in no way has affected the confidence of the Malaysian rhythmic gymnasts for the Commonwealth Games.
Elaine sizzled with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals through the individual events in New Delhi four years ago — an achievement which the 2014 cast will be hard-pressed to match.
That, however, has not fazed Amy Kwan Dict Weng, Wong Poh San and Fatin Zakirah Jalany Zain as they are confident of delivering medals, starting with the team event today — which could be Malaysia’s first of the Games.
“Matching Elaine's feat will be difficult but I believe we can win medals. The team is our strongest bet but we are equally confident of doing well in the individual events,” said Amy.
The most vibrant of the three, Amy said the three did well in buildup competitions to the Commonwealth Games and it boosted their confidence.
Poh San said she was looking forward to the competition. “Some world class gymnasts will be competing but we are not nervous as we believe we can match the best,” said Poh San.
The challenge will come from England and Australia but Fatin Zahirah said any gymnast could win if she performed on competition day.
“One mistake and a medal could be lost and we must make sure that our performances are error-free,” said Fatin Zahirah.
The Malaysians will compete in the first session today but will have to wait till the second batch complete their routines in the evening session (early tomorrow) in Malaysia before knowing if the medal they desire has been clinched.