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Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 5:36:00 PM
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Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yi Wei (right) with their gold and bronze medals for the 3m springboard event at the SEA Games.
NAYPYITAW: There would be no second chance for Ooi Tze Liang if he muffed it again.
Tze Liang bounced back after the disappointment of missing out on the men’s individual 10m platform gold the previous day to rule the 3m springboard event at Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
The 20-year-old missed out on his first SEA Games gold when he settled for silver behind his junior Mohd Nazreen Abdullah in the 10m platform final on Wednesday.
But he got his act right on Thursday to defend the title won by Yeoh Ken Nee at the last SEA Games in Palembang.
Tze Liang pulled off all six dives without any drama to finish on 431.90 points.
Team-mate Chew Yi Wei was the leader after the first dive but fell to fifth with two dives to go.
He clawed his way back but could only manage to win the bronze as he finished with 314.20 points.
Singapore’s Mark Lee took advantage of Yi Wei’s untidy last two attempts to snatch silver with 324.15 points.
Tze Liang was relieved he succeeded in his mission to take gold in his second SEA Games appearance.
Penang-born Tze Liang made his SEA Games debut in Palembang with silver in the individual 10m platform but the gauntlet was thrown to the juniors like him and Yi Wei this time following the retirement of seniors Bryan Nickson Lomas, Ken Nee and Huang Qiang.
“They are my elder brothers and have achieved a lot for Malaysian diving these last few years.
“I was kind of pressured in a way as I was the most experienced diver in the men’s team and I was expected to maintain the individual titles for Malaysia.
“Whoever could adapt faster at the start of the competition did well and it just wasn’t me.
“Everything just went wrong for me yesterday. But, my mind was calm today and I think it helped me,” said Tze Liang, who still has two synchro events coming up in the 3m springboard with Ahmad Amsyar and 10m platform with Nazreen.
The SEA Games campaign is over for Yi Wei but he has no regrets.
“I learned new routines in training in China before coming over. I had three new dives out of six today. I executed well but the entries were not good. Anyway, I did what the coach told me.
“I know I cannot go far if I do not improve on my routines, so I treat the SEA Games as a learning process,” he explained.
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