Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
|Farah Ann Abdul Hadi|
|Full name||Farah Ann binti Abdul Hadi|
|Born||3 May 1994|
Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
Farah was born in Subang Jaya, Selangor, to Abdul Hadi Ahmad and Canadian-born Kimberly Ann Gagnon on 3 May 1994. She is the second of three children and her sister, Katrina Ann, is a former national synchronized swimmer.
She took up gymnastics at age three and started to compete at national level competition Sukma Games. Farah Ann made her first appearance at the 2010 Games in New Delhi, scoring 12.050 points (floor exercise), 10.500 (beam) and 10.250 (uneven bars) as Malaysia finished fourth in the team event. In 2014, Farah Ann then took up the bronze in floor exercise and team event at Artistic Celtic Cup-Commonwealth Invitational in Perth, Scotland. Later that year, she finished in 11th place out of 24 gymnasts in the women’s individual all-round finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. After the Commonwealth Games, she competed in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. During the qualification stage, she placed sixth on the vaults (13.650 points), sixth in the uneven bars (12.800), 12th in the balance beam (12.250) and fourth in the floor exercise (13.050). She made it to the finals in the floor exercise, and finished 7th.
In 2015, she competed at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), competing in all events — bars, beam, vaults, floor exercise, individual and team — in the preliminary round of the competition and made it to the finals of all events. She took up her first gold medal in the team's events, followed by a second in the floor exercise. She then gained a silver medal each in both the uneven bars, and individual events. The Malaysian gymnast won bronze medals in the vault, balance beam, as well as the uneven bars event, where another Malaysian gymnast Tan Ing Yueh took the gold.
After barely missing Rio 2016, she has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics fully by merit when she finished 59th out of 180 gymnasts in the qualifying session of the individual all-around event at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She is only the third Malaysian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, after Au Li Yen in Sydney 2000 and Ng Shu Wai in Athens 2004.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Anugerah Pilihan Online||Online Choice Female Sports Star||Nominated|||
|Ahli Kegemilangan Sukan Selangor||None||recipients|||
- "Athlete Profile: Farah Ann ABDUL HADI - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Farah Ann". Asia Tatler. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- Marion Fernando (11 April 2018). "Reaching for glory". The Sun (Malaysia). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Farah Ann Shares Her Golden Moments, Overcoming Injuries And Setting Her Sights On KL SEA Games". Malaysian Digest. January 24, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
- Lim Teik Huat (15 July 2015). "Katrina quits national synchronised swimming team". The Star. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Farah Ann takes 11th spot in individual all-around finals". The Star. July 31, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "Farah qualifies for floor exercise final". The Star. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- Liew, Michelle (June 11, 2015). "SEA Games: Farah Ann delighted with gold medal". fourthofficial.com. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "APO 2016 Winners". mstar.com.my. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Farah Ann surprised, honoured to receive Selangor award". The Star. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2017.