GLASGOW: There were mixed feelings when three of Malaysia’s divers ended their Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign in the women’s individual 3m springboard event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
Olympian Cheong Jun Hoong was heartbroken and could not hold back her tears when she finished last with 271.95 points on Saturday.
The bubbly Ng Yan Yee, meanwhile, was on cloud nine after finishing a creditable joint fourth with Maddison Keeney of Australia on 308.20. It was Yan Yee’s best performance in the Commonwealth Games since New Delhi 2010.
The third Malaysian diver, debutant Nur Dhabitah Sabri, a Form Three student with Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), finished 11th with 248.20 but was still a happy camper.
That’s because she gets to return home with a bronze, which she won earlier in the 10m synchronised platform with Olympian Pandelela Rinong.
Esther Qin of Australia won the individual 3m springboard gold with 347.25 points while Canada’s Jennifer Abel (324.70) and England’s Hannah Starling (316.95) took the silver and bronze respectively.
A disappointed Jun Hoong was lost for words following her poor showing in Glasgow.
“I will put this behind me and take it as a learning experience and start all over again for the Asian Games in Incheon,” said Jun Hoong, a silver medallist in the 10m synchronised platform event with Leong Mun Yee at the 19th FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai last month.
Jun Hoong failed in all three events in Glasgow. She was fourth in the 10m synchronised platform with Mun Yee (298.92 points) and eighth in the 1m springboard final (260.00).
A jubilant Yan Yee said she is inspired to do well in the Asian Games after her strong performance in the 3m springboard on Saturday.
“This is a good result for me … but a medal would have made it so much better,” said Yan Yee, a silver medallist in the 3m synchronised springboard with Mun Yee at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
Nur Dhabitah said she enjoyed the competition in Glasgow and will return home richer in experience.
“Going home with a medal is a great feeling,” said Nur Dhabitah, who is fired up to do well at the Asiad.