NAYPYITAW: Leong Mun Yee and Nur Dhabitah Sabri capped the diving team’s great run at the SEA Games by capturing the women’s 10m platform synchro gold medal to complete a clean sweep for Malaysia.
It was Mun Yee’s record ninth SEA Games appearance but the day belonged to young debutant Nur Dhabitah Sabri as well.
The 14-year-old Dhabitah held her nerves well with her far more experienced partner Leong Mun Yee to win the platform synchro for Malaysia to take home all the eight gold medals in diving.
There was never any doubt of the win as they led from start to finish in the five-dive competition with 281.64 points.
Myanmar’s Nay Chi Su-Saw Hla Nandar surprised with 239.91 points, edging Indonesians Setyaningsih De- Yasmin Linadini to silver. The Indonesians settled for bronze on 239.46 points.
Mun Yee, who turned 29 on Dec 4, has never missed the SEA Games since she made her debut in Jakarta in 1997 and her presence certainly put Dhabitah in awe.
Mun Yee now has a total of 13 gold medals after yesterday’s feat, making her the most successful Malaysian diver at SEA Games level.
But Mun Yee was humble in acknowledging the contribution of her younger partner, who was not even born when she competed in her first SEA Games.
“It’s not just about me. She is very hardworking and always listens to the coach’s instructions. She will be a good complement to the diving team.
“I am happy to retain the women’s 10m platform synchro title (which she previously won with Traisy Vivien Tukiet in Palembang two years ago),” said Mun Yee.
Dhabitah said she felt nervous at the start but her confidence grew as the competition progressed.
Dhabitah had reasons to be proud with the gold as it was her first time diving in a synchro discipline on the international stage.
“I am happy with my performance but I feel sad at the same time as my brother (Mohd Danial Sabri) is not here. He was supposed to come but stayed at home because of an ear infection. We always encouraged each other.
“I will text him later but I supposed he would have known by now,” said the Kuala Lumpur-born lass.