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KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 -- National diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee kept Malaysia’s medal dreams at the FINA Diving World Cup 2021 alive as she advanced to the women’s individual 3 metre (m) springboard finals today.
Her achievement is a consolation after dive pair Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee missed the chance for a podium finish after coming in fourth in the women’s synchronised 10m platform finals yesterday.
The 27-year-old diver ended her semi-finals eighth out of 18 divers, with 288.30 points while teammate Nur Dhabitah Sabri came in 14th with 277.25 points at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.
Wendy had managed to rake in more points compared to the preliminary round where she managed to only finish in 14th place with 275.10 points while Nur Dhabitah did slightly better with 279.50 points to finish 13th.
Wendy will face off against 11 other divers who booked their places in the finals scheduled tomorrow.
Wendy and Nur Dhabitah had paired up earlier for the women’s synchronised 3 m springboard event last Saturday but failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the event after finishing 15th in the preliminary round.
Both athletes, however, managed to qualify for the Olympics in the women’s individual 3m springboard event earlier.
Meanwhile, Jellson Jabillin and Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya’s run in the individual 10m platform event ended after they failed to qualify for the semi-finals, finishing 24th and 43rd respectively.
The FINA Diving World Cup 2021, which is taking place from May 1 to 6, is the last qualifying championship for the Tokyo Olympics.
For the record, four national divers, Pandelela, Mun Yee, Nur Dhabitah and Wendy, have qualified for the Olympics, while Cheong Jun Hoong and Chew Yiwei are still in the hunt for a place at the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.