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Pandelela Rinong (right) and Leong Mun Yee on their way to winning the bronze in the women’s 10m platform synchronised final in the Moscow leg of the Diving World Series.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee put on a steely display to get themselves back on the podium in the women’s 10m platform synchronised final in the Moscow leg of the Diving World Series.
Pandelela-Mun Yee were looking at finishing empty-handed for the second week in a row after scoring 62.10 points in their third attempt to slip to fifth spot at the Moscow Olympic Pool on Friday.
Pandelela-Mun Yee, however, got back on the right footing with 72.96 points in the next dive.
They got their act right with an impressive 76.80 – which turned out to be the second highest score behind China’s China’s Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia (77.76) – in the fifth dive.
And that was enough to ensure the bronze medal for the Malaysian pair, who finished the five-dive competition with a total of 310.26 points as Britain’s Tonia Couch-Sarah Barrow dropped from third to fifth after scoring 71.04 in the last dive for a 297.42 total.
China’s Ruolin-Huixia took gold – their fourth in as many outings, with 332.28 points.
North Korean pair Choe Kyong-un-Song Nam-hyang were the surprise act as they claimed silver with 314.82 points.
The North Korean pair replaced Canadians Meaghan Benfeito-Roseline Filion, who are committed to their home Grand Prix meeting in Quebec this weekend.
Mexicans Paola Espinosa-Gabriela Agundez (299.82pts) were fourth.
Pandelela-Mun Yee, winner of the silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow four years ago, missed out on a medal in London last week after finishing fourth.
In March, Pandelela-Mun Yee claimed silver medals in the season-opening leg in Beijing and repeated that feat in Dubai.
National coach Yang Zhuliang said that fatigue was beginning to take its toll on all the divers as they take part in back-to-back competitions.
“Every pair is finding it hard to be consistent in the optional routines. Great credit to Pandelela-Mun Yee for coming back into the medal position,” said Zhuliang.
“They cannot afford to rest on their laurels ... not with the Commonwealth and Asian Games coming up.
“The North Korean pair did well despite not having that many chances to go for overseas competitions.
“They showed us that it won’t be easy to defend the silver we won at the last Asiad in Guangzhou.”
Pandelela will have a day’s rest before competing in the 10m platform individual – and event that she’s had a wonderful run so far with two silvers and one bronze from the first three legs.
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