Monday, October 20, 2014

Dynamic duo sizzle

CHEONG Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng added a feather to their caps by clinching the women’s 3m springboard synchro gold medal in the Singapore leg of the Diving World Grand Prix on Saturday.
Youth Olympics silver medallist Loh Zhiayi also earned a breakthrough with a bronze in the 10m platform individual.

Ahmad Amsyar Azman turned the tables on teammate Ooi Tze Liang when the diver finished third, two rungs above the Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the men’s 3m springboard individual.

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

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.

Jun Hoong--Wendy, bronze medallists at the Incheon Asian Games, posted 49.80, 49.20, 61.20, 58.50, 71.10 for 289.80 points to finish ahead of Macau’s Choi sisters, Sut Ian and Sut Kan, who garnered 270.48 for the gold.

The women’s 3m springboard synchro attracted only two pairs following China’s decision to withdraw their divers.

Despite the lack of rivals, Jun Hoong-Wendy should be given credit as the pair posted one of their highest scores this season.

“It is our first gold this season and also in the World Grand Prix. We must thank the coach (Yang Zhuliang) for giving us this opportunity to compete here,” said Wendy on Saturday.

“The title will give me motivation to post a higher score in the upcoming Malaysian leg in Bukit Jalil.
“However, the coach has decided to split our partnership for the next event. I will partner Nur Dhabitah Sabri.”

Wendy-Dhabitah looked promising in previous meets, finishing seventh in the World Cup in Shanghai and sixth in the Commonwealth Games.

Zhuliang is trying out new combinations before the qualifying period for the 2016 Olympics starts next year.

The 17-year-old Zhiayi upset the form book by posting a 320.5 total for third position, one rung above her senior Traisy Vivien Tukiet (294.75) in the women’s platform.

China finished one-and-two in the event with world champion Si Yajie winning with 380.95 followed by Ji Siyu (372.20).

In the men’s springboard, Ahmad Amsyar won his first individual medal in the event by finishing third with 420.65 while Tze Liang was placed fifth on 401.60. China’s He Chao won with 525.35 ahead of teammate Li Shixin (498.60).

 By Ajitpal Singh - NST

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