Jasmine Lai Pui Yee on her way to winning the gold in the women's 1m springboard event at Sukma on May 30, 2014. – Faihan Ghani/ THE STAR
KANGAR: You win some, you lose some. But, the friendship between national divers Jasmine Lai Pui Yee and Kam Ling Kar is too strong for them to let a gold medal come between them.
The Perak duo, who won the gold in the women’s 3m springboard synchro event on Thursday, have been friends since they were 10 years old when they started swimming together at the Ipoh Municipal Hall Swimming Complex.
On Friday, the 19-year-old Jasmine edged out her team-mate to win the gold in the women’s 1m springboard event at the State Aquatic Centre with a score of 242.35.
Ling Kar was just three points shy of the top mark, earning 239.85 to take home the silver with Selangor’s Adeline Chin Wei Ling completing the podium on 227.45.
“It is tough competing against your partner, but we’ve been doing it for years and we understand how it works. We always wish each other the best of luck. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and that’s just how it goes,” said Jasmine.
“It’s still challenging to compete at Sukma because our level is almost the same. It all depends on how you perform, that’s the only big difference,” added Jasmine, who is set to compete in the women’s platform, 3m springboard and synchronised platform.
“I targeted to win the gold today and thank God it happened. As for my other events, I’ll try my best to deliver.”