PETALING JAYA: Women’s 10m platform synchro diving pair of Leong Mun Yee-Cheong Jun Hoong bounced back in superb fashion to earn an important medal for Malaysia in the fourth round of the Diving World Series in London.
After only managing fifth place in the previous round in Kazan last weekend, Mun Yee-Jun Hoong won a highly charged battle against hosts’ Tonia Couch-Sarah Barrow for the silver medal with 314.94 points. The British pair, who were also bronze medallists in Kazan, finished with 311.88 points for bronze.
The formidable Chinese pairing of Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia made it four out of four in the series so far as they dived to gold with 332.88 points.
It is the third medal for Mun Yee-Jun Hoong in the prestigious series this year. In March, they bagged the silver medal in the opening round in Beijing and were the bronze medallists in Dubai.
“Interestingly, the medal they picked up yesterday was the 25th medal since we start qualifying divers for the series four years ago.
“All the medals have been delivered by our women divers. Mun Yee-Jun Hoong dived consistently. Except for the third dive, they were ahead of the British pair.
“They pulled further ahead after scoring 72.96 for the second last dive while the British pair got 66.60,” said national coach Yang Zhuliang, adding that the pairing looks good to challenge at the World Championships in Kazan in July.
Mun Yee-Jun Hoong qualified for the top-eight cast in the series after bagging silver in the World Cup in Shanghai last year.
Jun Hoong was partnering Mun Yee in place of Pandelela Rinong, who was rested from the World Cup to allow her to recover from a thigh injury to compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Incheon Asian Games at that time.
Malaysia are currently in third spot in the overall standings on 84 points, only three adrift of Canada. China leads the standings on 108 points.
In the women’s 3m springboard synchro, Nur Dhabitah Sabri-Wendy Ng Yan Yee finished sixth in the final on 283.29 points.
World champions Wu Minxia-Shi Tingmao of China were a class above, chalking 331.50 points to take gold ahead of Italians Tania Cagnotto-Francesca Dallape, who amassed 314.40 points.
London Olympic bronze medallists Jennifer Abel-Pamela Ware of Canada grabbed the last podium spot with 295.68 points.
Pandelela Rinong will also bid to make up for her uninspiring show in Kazan last week when she takes part in 10m platform individual on Sunday. Pandelela, who is still looking for her first silverware of the season, failed to qualify for the top-six final in her pet event in Kazan.
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