Monday, May 13, 2013

Silver lining in Fort Lauderdale for Pandelela-Mun Yee

Malaysian pride: Divers Pandelela Rinong (right) and Leong Mun Yee pose with their trophies after the prize giving ceremony for the women’s 10m platform synchro final at the FINA United States Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. Malaysian pride: Divers Pandelela Rinong (right) and Leong Mun Yee pose with their trophies after the prize giving ceremony for the women’s 10m platform synchro final at the FINA United States Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale.
 
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian diving duo – Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee – have plunged their way to a silver medal in their pet event at the FINA United States Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale.
The duo chalked up a total of 295.62 points in the 10m platform synchro final and could have grabbed the gold if not for their inconsistency.

This is, in fact, the lowest they’ve managed this year compared to the scores earned in the other three legs of the Diving World Series.

China’s young pair of Lian Jie-Huang Xiaohui (321.54pts) captured the gold comfortably while the bronze went to Sarah Barrow-Tonia Couch of Britain (292.68).

The Malaysians scored 48.60-48.00-67.50-56.64-74.88 in their five attempts but Pandelela-Mun Yee must work harder on their consistency if they harbour hopes of fighting for a medal at the World Championships in Barcelona in July.

“This kind of performance was enough for them to get a medal because countries like China and Canada did not send their top pairs,” said diving coach Yang Zhuliang, who warned that Pandelela-Mun Yee could not afford to flop a single dive when it comes to the world meet.

“Still this was a good preparation for the world meet. The competition was held outdoors and the divers had a good feel of the conditions, which will be similar to the conditions in Barcelona in July.”
In the men’s 3m springboard synchro, the pair of Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Ooi Tze Liang finished a creditable seventh out of 11 competitors with 348.24 points.

China’s He Chao-Li Shixin (430.38) took the gold after narrowly edging Oleksiy Prygorov-Iliya Kvasha (428.37) of Ukraine. The bronze medal went to Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco-Jahir Ocampo Marroquinn (394.32).

Malaysia will be hoping for more cheers from Wendy Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong in the women’s 3m springboard synchro today.

The pair won a bronze in the Edinburgh and Moscow legs of the Diving World Series last month.
Earlier, Jun Hoong and Wendy failed to qualify for the 3m springboard individual final after finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Only the top three finishers from the two semi-final groupings will advance to the final.



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