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Diver Jun Hoong deflated despite bronze effort


Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong, who won bronze in the 3m springboard individual at the Incheon Asian Games on Friday, stands on the right beside China's gold and silver medal winners. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong, who won bronze in the 3m springboard individual at the Incheon Asian Games on Friday, stands on the right beside China's gold and silver medal winners. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

INCHEON: Cheong Jun Hoong found it hard to smile despite contributing a bronze for Malaysia on the last day of the diving competition.

The 24-year-old finished third in the women’s 3m individual springboard with 327.10 points to join China’s He Zi and Wang Han on the podium at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre yesterday.

He Zi clinched the gold with a 374.45 total while Wang Han bagged the silver with 359.30.

Wendy Ng, the other Malaysian diver, was fifth with 287.80.

The Perak-born Jun Hoong partnered Wendy to take silver in the 3m springboard synchro on Sept 29 and any athlete would have been satisfied with a second medal.

But not Jun Hoong, especially after she failed to deliver in the 1m springboard individual on Thursday.

“In the last Asiad, I only participated in the 1m individual springboard but this time I was entered for all three springboard events.

“I made mistakes in the 1m springboard event and could not defend the bronze, so I was quite disappointed. I wanted to win medals in all three event,” she said.

“I did a bit better in my executions to get the bronze today,” said Jun Hoong, who failed to get on the podium at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in August.

Ooi Tze Liang ended up a disappointing seventh in the men’s 10m platform individual with 414.00 points.

A disastrous score of 29.70 in the fourth dive destroyed any hopes of Tze Liang getting a third medal.

The Commonwealth Games springboard champion picked up the silver with Ahmad Amsyar in the 3m springboard synchro and the bronze with Chew Yiwei in the 10m platform synchro earlier in the week.

Two-time world champion Qiu Bo completed a 10-gold clean sweep for China by winning the event with 576.40 points.

Compatriot Yang Jian took the silver with 526.95 while South Korean Woo Ha-ram picked up the bronze with a 499.40 total.

Malaysia finished second behind China in the overall medal standings for the second time in the Asiad with two silvers and three bronzes. In Guangzhou four years ago, Malaysia won four silvers and five bronzes.

   

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