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Lamia Tariq Malallah Al Farsi strikes gymnastics gold in Tashkent

Dubai: The UAE’s Lamia Tariq Malallah Al Farsi has once again dazzled on the international stage with a gold medal at the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Youth Cup that concluded in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, late on Sunday.

Held at Tashkent’s Youth Union Sport Centre, Lamia topped the A category for junior girls with a total of 21.8 points to take the gold. The seven-year-old student from The International School Choueifat bagged 12.7 points in the freehand routine and another 9.10 points in the hoop apparatus routine to end on the top of the podium yet another time.

Alexsandra Klishina from the Almaty RG Club took the silver, while Samira Yuldasheva from the YUSC Club clinched bronze.

“Yet another medal means just another step towards my long-term dream of representing and winning a gold medal for the UAE at the Olympic Games,” Lamia told Gulf News before heading to the airport in Tashkent.

“My one hope is that we may have more young people take up to this sport. I train hard, and during the run-up to this competition I used to put in six hours of practice every day without a break. I hope I can inspire some more young people to take up this sport.”