Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Malaysian divers make progress in world rankings

Malaysian divers, especially the women, have made themselves and the country proud.
In the latest FINA Diving World Rankings, updated after the Malaysia Diving Grand Prix last month, it’s pleasing to see that there is at least one Malaysian ranked in the top 10 in each of the women’s discipline.

Malaysia retained third spot in the women’s platform synchro rankings, thanks to the silver medal feat of Leong Mun Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong at the Diving World Cup in Shanghai in July. Malaysia had 36.33 points to finish behind China (38.33) and Canada (36.67).

Only the three best results within a 12-month period are added up and divided by three. This average determines the ranking of a diver for individual or a combination for the synchro event.

Malaysia’s tally came from the World Cup (43 points), and the other two best results – second-place finish by Pandelela Rinong-Mun Yee in the second leg of Diving World Series in Dubai in March (33) and Pandelela-Jun Hoong winning silver at the home Grand Prix last month (33).

That gave Malaysia a total of 113 points, which after divided by three equals 36.33 points.
Malaysia are ranked fifth in the women’s springboard synchro, thanks to their ability to mix-and-match the likes of Pandelela, Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

Pandelela, boosted by two World Series silver medals in Beijing and Dubai, remained as world No. 4 in her pet event – the 10m platform individual.
Jun Hoong, meanwhile, made the top-10 for the first time in her career.

The Ipoh-born Jun Hoong, who is only the second Malaysian diver to win an individual gold medal – at the Grand Prix in Singapore last month – is ranked world No. 7 in the springboard individual.

Commonwealth Games champion Ooi Tze Liang, as expected stood out among the men divers. Tze Liang, who started the year as world No. 28, climbed up 16 rungs to No. 12, thanks to the 40 points picked up from his fifth-place finish at the World Cup.

As there are no more FINA-sanctioned international competitions after the Malaysia Grand Prix, the rankings will not change until next year.

The FINA Diving World Rankings

3m springboard individual: 1. He Chong (Chn) 38.33, 2. Jack Laugher (Eng) 35.67, 3. Illia Kvasha (Ukr) 35.33.
Selected Malaysians: 12. Ooi Tze Liang 31.33, 17. Ahmad Amsyar Azman 30.33.

10m platform individual: 1. Yang Jian (Chn) 38.33, 2. Qiu Bo (Chn) 37.00, 3. Tom Daley (Eng) 35.33.
Selected Malaysians: 20. Chew Yiwei 29.33, 28. Ooi Tze Liang 24.

3m springboard synchro: 1. China 38.33, 2. Russia 37.33, 3. Germany 37.00.
Selected:  9. Malaysia 32.67.

10m platform synchro: 1. China 38.33, 2. Germany 36.33, 3. Mexico 36.00.
Selected: 13. Malaysia 22.00.

3m springboard individual: 1. Shi Tingmao (Chn) 38.33, 2. He Zi (Chn) 37.67, 3. Jennifer Abel (Can) 35.67.
Selected Malaysians: 7. Cheong Jun Hoong 34.67, 14. Wendy Ng Yan Yee 32.33, 43. Nur Dhabitah Sabri 16.00.

10m platform individual: Liu Huixia (Chn) 37.67, 2. Melissa Wu (Aus) 36.00, 3. Roseline Filion (Can) 35.00.
Selected Malaysians: 4. Pandelela Rinong 35.00, 15. Loh Zhiayi 28.67, 22. Traisy Vivien Tukiet 26.00,  35. Nur Dhabitah Sabri 17.33.

3m springboard synchro: 1. China 38.33, 2. Canada 37.00, 3. Australia 36.67.
Selected: 5. Malaysia 35.00.

10m platform synchro: 1. China 38.33, 2. Canada 36.67, 3. Malaysia 36.33.

by Tan Ming Wai - The Star

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