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Malaysian gold drought continues at FINA Diving World Cup

04/05/2021 06:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4  -- National diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee fell short in her attempt to give the Malaysian contingent their first glitter at the FINA Diving World Cup 2021.

Wendy could only finish 11th out of 12 divers with 271.20 points in the women’s individual 3-metre (m) springboard finals at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre in Japan today.

Chen Yiwen of China won the gold medal with 383.55 points while Sarah Bacon of the United States took silver with 348.75 points. Another Chinese diver, Chang Yani settled for bronze after collecting 344.40 points.

Last Saturday, Wendy and Nur Dhabitah Sabri competed in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard event but failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after finishing 15th in the preliminary round.

Both divers, however, managed to qualify for the Olympics in the women’s individual 3m springboard event.

Earlier today, national diver and former world champion Cheong Jun Hoong finally qualified for the July 23-Aug 8 Tokyo Olympics, to be held in July, after taking top spot in the women’s individual 10m platform preliminary round.

Jun Hoong emerged victorious after collecting 345.30 points to advance to the semi-finals tomorrow and she will be joined by Pandelela Rinong, who advanced after finishing fourth with 325.00 points.

The five-day FINA Diving World Cup 2021, which will end on May 6, is the last qualifying championship for the Tokyo Olympics.

For the record, Leong Mun Yee has also qualified for the Olympics, while Chew Yiwei is still hunting for a place at the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.

Chew and Muhammad Syafiq Puteh are set to feature in the men’s individual 3m springboard preliminary round tomorrow morning.





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