Slim Hope For Sharul Aimy To Make Olympic Games Debut In Paris 2024

Muhammad Sharul Aimy Kamaru Hisam (File photo)
11/03/2024 04:01 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Bernama) -- National gymnast Muhammad Sharul Aimy Kamaru Hisam’s bid to make his Olympic Games debut in Paris this July could be in jeopardy.

This came after the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games bronze medallist failed to secure a podium finish in the men’s vault final at the third series of FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) Apparatus World Cup 2024 in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday.

The 22-year-old finished last among eight contestants in the final held at the National Gymnastics Arena, posting an average score of 14.099 points.

Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi was crowned as champions with 14.900 points while Shek Wai Hung of Hong Kong claimed silver (14.866 points) and Harry Hepworth from Great Britain took bronze (14.866 points).

Despite Sharul Aimy’s failure to win a medal, Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) vice-president Francis Lau still praised the Terengganu-born athlete’s performance.

“His performance was good but every other finalist also had a good performance and landing. Nevertheless, Sharul Aimy’s chance for qualifying (2024 Olympic Games) is slim,” he told Bernama.

Sharul Aimy had missed out on the finals during the previous two series of FIG Apparatus World Cup 2024 in Cairo, Egypt and Cottbus, Germany.

He finished 27th out of 42 competitors in the qualifying round in Cairo followed by 17th out of 50 participants in Cottbus at the same stage.

Sharul Aimy is slated to compete in the final series of the tournament in Doha, Qatar from April 17 to 20.

The FIG Apparatus World Cup 2024 offers two Olympic slots per gender for each apparatus based on a gymnast's best three results across four competitions.

The 2024 Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to Aug 11.