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There was double joy for young Pandelela Rinong when the Malaysian team for the FINA Diving World Cup were finalised yesterday.
There was no joy for divers Rossharisham Roslan and Yeoh Ken Nee. The duo missed out on earning a place for Malaysia for the first time in the 3m springboard synchronised competition of the Beijing Olympics diving competition in the World Cup, which began in Beijing Tuesday.
Malaysian diver Bryan Nickson Lomas failed to repeat his World Championships feat in the World Cup in Beijing Saturday.
There are high hopes placed on three women divers to join Bryan Nickson Lomas in the Beijing Olympics in August.
The number of divers in the Malaysian cast for the Beijing Olympics has increased with three female divers - Leong Mun Yee, Elizabeth Jimie and Pandelela Rinong - joining the list of qualifiers yesterday.
Walker Yuan Yufang has qualified for her third consecutive Olympic Games.
Strong mental preparation, one aspect overlooked in the past, will be given more emphasis as the Olympic-bound athletes gear up for their biggest assignment in Beijing come August.
With three Beijing Olympics-bound divers in the fray, Sarawak look good to grab the lion's share of the 10 gold medals at stake in the Sukma competitions, which will be held at the Kuala Terengganu Aquatic Centre in Batu Burok from June 6-9.