Thursday, April 24, 2014

DIVING: Medal on Pandelela’s mind


WORLD BEATER: Aims to continue her winning form in World Series

PANDELELA Rinong is determined to underline her credentials as a leading diver when she competes in the third leg of the World Series which starts in London tomorrow.

  The reigning Commonwealth Games champion hopes to continue where she had left off in the opening legs in Beijing and Dubai by winning her third straight silver medal or better in the women’s 10m platform individual.

  However, the return of China’s Olympic champion Chen Ruolin and reigning world champion Liu Huixia will make it more challenging for Pandelela to achieve her goal.

  The 2012 Olympics bronze medallist has never beaten a top diver from China in major competitions.

  Regarded as China’s most prominent woman diver in the sport, Ruolin was unbeatable in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, winning a total of four gold medals in the platform individual and synchro.

  It could, however, be an interesting contest between Ruolin and Pandelela as the latter has been performing well this season.

 Pandelela recorded her highest score in two years to clinch silver in Beijing and followed up with another decent show to finish second in Dubai.

  It was the first time Pandelela had taken two silver medals in the individual event in one season.
  Ruolin, who is the first diver to become champion in the Olympics, World Championships and the World Cup, however, is unbeatable on her day.

 Pandelela will also have to deal with a second China diver in Si Yajie in London.
  The confident Pandelela, however, is optimistic of making an impact in London.

  “I have been working hard, fine-tuning my routines in training. I am looking forward to winning a third silver in the series.”

   Pandelela is also confident she and Leong Mun Yee will continue their impressive form in the platform synchro discipline. The pair finished third and second in Beijing and Dubai.

  The others competing in London are Myanmar Sea Games triple gold medallist Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Cheong Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng.

  Jun Hoong-Wendy could surprise their world class rivals in London in the women’s 3m springboard synchro if they continue to progress from their fourth-place performance in Dubai.

  As for Tze Liang-Ahmad Amsyar, who finished last in the springboard synchro in Beijing and Dubai, the pair are not expected to make an impact.

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