Pandelela Rinong in action during the women’s 10m platform individual final at the Diving World Cup in Shanghai.
PETALING JAYA: Glasgow Commonwealth Games-bound Pandelela Rinong kissed goodbye to her first World Cup medal after a poor fourth dive in the women’s 10m platform individual final at the Diving World Cup in Shanghai.
Pandelela, who is still recovering from a knee sprain suffered a week before leaving the training base in Guangzhou, only earned 43.20 for her botched fourth attempt.
That saw her dropped out of contention to eventually finish sixth with 320.80 points.
China’s Huang Xiaohui claimed the gold with 373.60 ahead of team-mate Liu Huixia (354.35) while Melissa Wu of Australia claimed the bronze on 349.50.
Prior to this, Pandelela was lying fourth and just a point behind Olympic medallist Melissa after completing three dives.
On Thursday, Cheong Jun Hoong-Leong Mun Yee earned a surprise silver medal in the women’s 10m platform synchro and Pandelela had raised hopes of bringing a second medal after splitting the Chinese challenge en route to finishing second best in the top 18 semi-finals.
But it did not turn out well as she found herself trailing by more than 25 points with one dive remaining in the competition.
Pandelela, whose name was scratched from the 10m platform synchro at the last minute to give her knee more time to rest, saw action for the first time in the preliminaries in the morning and finished fifth (339.05).
The second Malaysian diver Loh Zhiayi, who is set to compete in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing next month, missed out on the semis after finishing 22nd (259.00).