Diving

Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 5:12:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 11:03:13 PM

Divers make it 40 golds for Malaysia (updated)

Gold No.40. Ooi Tze Liang and Mohd Nazreen Abdullah celebrate Malaysia's 40th gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games after clinching the 10m platform synchro on Saturday.

Gold No.40. Ooi Tze Liang and Mohd Nazreen Abdullah celebrate Malaysia's 40th gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games after clinching the 10m platform synchro on Saturday.

NAYPYITAW: They only got to train together for five times but it was enough to end Malaysia’s gold medal drought dating back to the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Ooi Tze Liang-Mohd Nazreen Abdullah got their act right to win the men’s 10m platform synchro final at the Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

The duo finished the six-dive competition with 386.28 points. Silver went to Andriyan-Putra Adityo Resto of Indonesia (327.51) while Singaporean twins Mark Lee-Timothy Lee posted 300.24 for the bronze.

This is the first time Malaysia have won the men’s 10m platform synchro title since Yeoh Ken Nee partnered Mohd Azheem Bahari to triumph in Kuala Lumpur in 2001 and it turned out to be the 40th gold medal for Malaysia at the Myanmar SEA Games.

Malaysia had set a 40-gold medal target in Myanmar and it turned out to be a day to remember as well for chef-de-mission Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi – it was his 67th birthday on Saturday.

A cake was brought out as the officials celebrated but it would not have been possible if the athletes had not performed.

Tze Liang, especially, will be delighted to have ended his campaign on a high. He started on the wrong footing after settling for silver behind Nazreen in the individual 10m platform on Wednesday but will now return home as the only Malaysian athlete to win three golds.

Tze Liang also won the individual 3m springboard and partnered Ahmad Amsyar Azman to take the 3m springboard synchro title as well.

“It was not supposed to be me competing in this event today. Mohd Danial Sabri was to partner Mohd Nazreen and they were already training together when we went to China to prepare for the Games last month.

“But Danial had an ear infection and could not come here, so the coach (Yang Zhuliang) put me in as the replacement. I only started training with Nazreen after we arrived earlier in the week. We only practised together five times, that’s all ... so I am very pleased we did not make any major mistake,” said Tze Liang, who is only the second Malaysian male diver to capture three golds at the SEA Games diving since Ken Nee’s feat in 2001.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, diving, Ooi Tze Liang, Mohd Nazreen Abdullah

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