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THE Penang diving squad do not even have a dry gymnasium they can call their own but they could spring some surprises in the competition which begins at the State Aquatic Centre in Gunung Kerian today.
Young diver Elizabeth Jimie is going places after a spectacular performance for Sarawak in the Kedah Sukma (Malaysia Games) two months ago.
Injuries to key divers Bryan Nickson Lomas and Cheong Jun Hoong in training have dented Malaysia's chances of fighting for medals in the 16th World Junior Diving Championships to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil from Aug 23-27.
Bryan Nickson Lomas became the first Malaysian to win a gold medal at the last World Junior Diving Championships in Brazil two years ago - in the boys' Group B (14-15 years old) 3m springboard event. But he will be hard pressed to repeat the feat when the 16th edition of the championships begin today at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil today.
Asian Games-bound Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong has just recovered from injury and did not want to take a risk by making a more difficult dive in the girls' Group A 3m springboard final event fRIday.
A place in the diving team for the Doha Asian Games beckons for young Elizabeth Jimie, who became the first Malaysian girl to win a gold medal in the World Junior Championships.