Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Malaysians achieve best-ever results at Diving World Series

PETALING JAYA: There were no medals but Malaysian divers will be pleased to conclude their best ever season by occupying the top three overall rankings in three disciplines in the FINA Diving World Series, which ended with the final round in Guadalajara, Mexico yesterday.

A fourth place finish in the individual 10m platform final was enough for Pandelela Rinong to repeat her brilliant runners-up performance last year.

The 20-year-old London Olympic bronze medallist collected 334.40 points through five dives but missed out on the bronze by a gap of 1.80 points behind Britain’s Tonia Couch (336.20).
Gold and silver medals went to China’s rising star Si Yajie (400.75) and Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco (384.65).

Pandelela’s 66 points which earned her second place behind Si Yajie (70) was due to her consistency in making the final in all six legs.

She took bronze in the opening leg in Beijing and was fourth in the previous leg, also in Guadalajara last weekend.

Pandelela is assured of US$8,000 for the runners-up finish and more cheers are in store as she partnered Leong Mun Yee to finish second overall in the synchro platform discipline as well.
Pandelela-Mun Yee took three silver medals and a bronze out of four legs to end with 126 points.
Canada was third with 99 points with the top spot going to China with a massive162 points.
The silvers came from Edinburgh, Moscow and Guadalajara while they finished off with a bronze in their return to the Mexican city last Friday.

Debutants Wendy Ng Yan Yee-Cheong Jun Hoong also showed they are a pair coming up nicely on the world stage by contributing three bronze medals in the 3m springboard discipline.
The bronze medals were won in Edinburgh, Moscow and Guadalajara.

Malaysia was placed third with 105 points behind China (162 points) and Ukraine (108 points).
Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia secretary Edwin Chong said the performances marked Malaysia’s best achievement since they first qualified for the word series starting in 2010.

“This year is the most successful yet for our divers as we manage to win medals in each leg except Dubai. Their main focus is to get ready for the world championships in Barcelona in July,” said Edwin.

Malaysia earned the right to compete in four events this year – women’s individual and synchro platform, women’s synchro springboard and men’s synchro springboard.


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