Monday, October 20, 2014

Cheong-Wendy claim World Diving GP top spot in Singapore

Cheong Jun Hoong (left) and Wendy Ng in the World Diving Series women's 3m springboard synchro event at the OCBC Aquatics Centre in Singapore. - SSA
Cheong Jun Hoong (left) and Wendy Ng in the World Diving Series women's 3m springboard synchro event at the OCBC Aquatics Centre in Singapore. - SSA 

PETALING JAYA: Cheong Jun Hoong-Wendy Ng made it to the top of the podium in the World Diving Grand Prix for the first time after winning the women’s 3m springboard synchro event in the Singapore leg at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.


Jun Hoong-Wendy, the silver medallists at the recent Incheon Asian Games, continued their immaculate form by taking the gold with 289.80 points.


Twins Choi Sut Ian and Choi Sut Kan of Macau grabbed the silver with a 270.48 total. Giants China did not enter their divers in the event.


Jun Hoong-Wendy are the third Malaysian pair to win gold in the World Diving Grand Prix circuit.

Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee etched their names in history when they won the women’s 10m platform synchro in the German Open in Rostock in 2011. A year later, Huang Qiang-Bryan Nickson Lomas claimed back-to-back men’s 3m springboard synchro titles in Canada and the United States.

Wendy was delighted to claim her first gold in the series.


“I want to thank the coach (Yang Zhuliang) for giving me this opportunity to pair up with Jun Hoong.

“I hope to get the chance to compete with her in the Diving World Series next year,” said Wendy, who also won the SEA Games gold with Jun Hoong in Myanmar last year.


Wendy and Jun Hoong will have another chance to bag a second medal when they compete in the 3m springboard individual final.


They advanced to the top-six final after placing first and second respectively in the first semi-finals.

“Getting a medal is not easy as China have two divers - Wang Han and Liu Huixia - in the event,” said Wendy.


Asian Games double silver medallist Wang Han and Huixia finished first and second in the second semi-finals.


It was also a day to remember for Loh Zhiayi and Ahmad Amsyar as they finished third in their respective individual events.


Zhiayi, a silver medallist at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August, grabbbed the bronze in the women’s 10m platform with 320.05 points.


World champion and Asian Games gold medallist Si Yajie of China emerged champion with a 380.95 total. Compatriot Ji Siyu amassed 372.70 points to take the silver.


Amsyar snatched the bronze in the men’s 3m springboard individual after notching 420.65 points to finish ahead of Colombian Sebastian Villa, who accumulated 407.75 points.


Asian Games gold medallist He Chao of China scored 525.35 points to finish first ahead of compatriot Li Shixin, who obtained 498.60 points.


by Lim Teik Huat - The Star

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