TRAISY Vivien Tukiet made a plea to critics not to compare her with Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong following a disastrous performance at the World University Games in Kazan yesterday.Although no one was expecting Traisy to finish on the podium in the women's 10-metre platform, the 19-year-old failed to produce a decent performance en route to finishing 11th in the final.
Russia's Yulia Koltunova won gold by earning 347.25 followed by China's rising stars Xia Yuhua (335.75) and Chen Ni (312.45) while Traisy posted a poor 269 total.
"I do not want to be compared with Pandelela. She is in a different class," said a disappointed Traisy in Kazan yesterday.
"Yes, I am feeling some pressure of not making steady progress. I just want to improve and do my best in competitions."
Traisy made her first career breakthrough by earning a silver medal in the platform at the 2009 Laos Sea Games.
A year later, the former Asian Junior bronze medallist competed in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games but returned empty-handed.
Not to be deterred, Traisy put extra efforts into training and her dedication was rewarded when she won her first Sea Games gold in the 2011 edition in Indonesia, where she and veteran Leong Mun Yee claimed the 10m platform synchro title.
Her best achievement was qualifying for the London Olympics last year but finished 22nd in the platform.
Meanwhile, in football, 10-man Malaysia lost 2-0 to England in a Group C match yesterday.
National youth coach Ong Kim Swee may call up Young Tigers A defender Fandi Othman as replacement to Nazri Ahmad if the left-back is not released by Darul Takzim.
The competitions' appeals board granted Kim Swee's request for additional players on Sunday.
Sarawak's Junior Eldstal and Nazri are expected to arrive in Kazan tomorrow.
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