PETALING JAYA: Wendy Ng Yan Yee underlined her intention to partner Cheong Jun Hoong for the Commonwealth and Asian Games by making it to the Diving World Series podium for the first time this year in the fourth leg in Moscow.
Wendy-Jun Hoong performed their optional dives well to snatch a deserving bronze medal in the women’s 3m springboard synchro final at the Moscow Olympic Pool.
Wendy-Jun Hoong scored 68.40, 74.70 and 65.70 to clinch the bronze with a five-dive total of 305.40 points with the silver going to Russians Maria Polyakova-Kristina Ilinykh, who finished with 311.10 points.
Reigning world champions Shi Tingmao-Wu Minxia claimed the gold with 330.90 points.
This is only the Malaysian pair’s second season in the series. They had not been able to make a strong impression in the three earlier legs this year. The closest they came to a medal this year was in the second leg in Dubai when they emerged fourth.
Wendy was all smiles after completing the event on Friday evening. All she needs to do now is convince coach Yang Zhuliang to let her partner Jun Hoong for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Incheon Asian Games.
Zhuliang is likely to partner Jun Hoong with the more consistent Pandelela Rinong for the 3m springboard synchro although it will put a strain on the latter who is also competing with Leong Mun Yee in the 10m platform synchro.
Zhuliang might also partner Wendy with either London Olympian and platform diver Traisy Vivien Tukiet or the younger Dhabitah Nur Sabri for the major assignments.
There are two remaining legs of the series – Windsor, Canada, at the end of this month, and Monterrey, Mexico, in the first week of June.
Wendy was happy with their most consistent display so far this year.
“We did the same difficulties as last year but we are happy with the marks. We scored above the 300-point barrier for the second time since we started diving together last year.
“I am happy to partner her for the Diving World Series but as for other assignments, I am not sure. It’s up to the coach. I definitely hope to continue this partnership,” said Wendy from Moscow.
It was the second medal won by Malaysia in the fourth leg this weekend. Pandelela partnered Mun Yee to take bronze in the 10m platform synchro earlier on Friday.
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