Monday, March 16, 2015

No joy for Pandelela in Beijing

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandelela Rinong’s hopes for a medal in the Diving World Series fell flat in Beijing.

China’s capital has been a happy hunting ground for Pandelela. She has won three medals in the individual 10m platform – bronze in 2012 and 2013 and silver last year – there.

But on Sunday, she paid the price for a poor performance in her fifth – and last – dive at the Water Cube Aquatic Centre.

She went into her last dive placed fourth but a poor score of 43.20 saw her finishing last among the six finalists with a 344.35 total.

Overall defending champion Liu Huixia of China began her season in style by upstaging her more illustrious team-mate Chen Ruolin with a personal best of 423.10 points.

Two-time Olympic champion Ruolin (398.90) could only manage a silver while Canada’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Meaghan Benfeito (393.45) got the bronze.

In the semi-finals, Pandelela scored 349.15 points to grab the last of three spots for the final behind Huixia (401.80) and Britain’s Tonia Couch (354.60). Benfeito won the other heat with 363.15 points, ahead of Ruolin (362.15) and Canada’s Roseline Filion (345.25).

Malaysia ended the first-leg of the Diving World Series with just one silver medal – from Cheong Jun Hoong-Leong Mun Yee in women’s 10m platform synchro.

The Malaysian trio will travel to Dubai for the second-leg of the series, which begins on Thursday.
The series, which gathers the top eight finishers from the World Cup in Shanghai last year, has been expanded to six rounds this year. The other rounds will be in Kazan, Russia (April 24-26); London (May 1-3); Windsor, Canada (May 22-24); and Merida, Mexico (May 29-31).



by Lim Teik Huat - The Star

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