Pandelela Rinong (left) and Leong Mun Yee could only finish fourth in the third leg of the Diving World Series in London. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian pair Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee were given a timely jolt ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the third leg of the Diving World Series at the London Aquatics Centre.
Pandelela-Mun Yee, silver medallists at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, finished out of the medals for the first time with a fourth placing in the women’s 10m platform synchro final.
It was only an average performance from the Malaysian pair, who have only themselves to blame for failing to execute the fourth dive well enough.
They earned 51.84 points for the fourth attempt and all hopes of a comeback ended after their main rivals – Sarah Barrow-Tonia Couch of Britain and Meaghan Benfeito-Roseline Filion of Canada – garnered 70.20 and 70.29 respectively.
The Malaysian pair eventually improved one rung to fourth spot at the end of the five-dive competition with 291.84 points – their worst of the season so far.
Barrow-Couch gave the hosts plenty to cheer about with 321.24 points for silver while Benfeito-Filion confirmed the bronze for Canada with 316.11 points.
China’s Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia were in a class of their own and confirmed their third successive win in the series with 337.14 points.
Pandelela-Mun Yee had bagged two silver medals from the first two legs in Beijing and Dubai last month and their failure to score above the 300-point mark suggests that there’s still plenty of work to be done before they can even think of fighting for a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the synchro event in July.
Canadian pair Benfeito-Filion are the favourites after winning the bronze at the World Championships in Barcelona last year but the British pair have everything going for them to make Commonwealth Games history on home ground.
Pandelela, however, has another chance to go home with a medal when she competes in the 10m platform individual event on Sunday.
Cheong Jun Hoong-Wendy Ng Yan Yee finished sixth in the women’s 3m springboard synchro final with 284.70 points.
China’s Shi Tingmao-Wu Minxia took gold with 332.40 points ahead of Italians Tania Cagnotto-Francesca Dallape (306.90) and Britain’s Hannah Starling-Rebecca Gallantreee (302.88).