Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Malaysian Divers Set To Shine In Beijing

KUCHING, March 11 (Bernama)-Malaysia's diving team led by Pandelela Rinong is set to shine at the first leg of 2014 FINA Diving World Series in Beijing from March 14 to 16.

Pandelela in her whatsApp from Guangzhou, China today before departing for Beijing said despite the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft, she and the other members of the team are determined to do well in Beijing.

"I feel very sorry for those on the flight and their family members and pray for their safety," she said.

Pandelela is accompanied by five other divers - Leong Mun Yee, Cheong Jun Hoong, Ahmad Amsyar, Ooi Tze Liang and Wendy Ng.

The Olympic medalist will participate in two events, the 10m platform individual and the synchro partnering Leong Mun Yee.

"My personal target is to win medals in both events," said the 21-year-old Sarawak born diver.

She finished third in the women's 10m platform individual category at the 2013 FINA Diving World Series (DWS) in Beijing scoring 337.75 points.

China's Chen Ruolin stamped her class as she recorded 403.75 points to win the gold medal. Meaghan Benfeito of Canada collected the silver with 362.25 points.

Pandelela believed the training in Guangzhou, China from Jan 29 to March 11 made the Malaysian divers more prepared for the competition in Beijing.

The FINA-Midea DWS is a high profile competition which offers the world's top divers the opportunity to compete regularly.

It was launched in 2007 with three host organisers: Great Britain, China and Mexico. In recent years, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates have been added to the list of host countries.

The 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series event consists of six legs and kicks off in Beijing on March 14-16, then to Dubai, London, Moscow, Windsor (Canada) before the last leg in Monterrey (Mexico) on June 6-8.

Divers compete for prize money and points at each of the six events, the 3 metre springboard and 10 metre platform in both solo and synchronised diving.

The Chinese team is expected to dominate but the presence of strong teams from Russia, USA, Germany and Canada will threaten their stranglehold.

Ilya Zakharov of Russia and David Boudia of USA won the gold medal in the London Olympics while Germany's Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding topped the podium ahead of the Chinese at the 2013 Barcelona FINA World Championships.


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