PETALING JAYA: Malaysian diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman may still get to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite having not qualified on merit.
FINA, the world governing body, have confirmed the respective quota slots for the diving competition at the Olympics and Malaysia failed to earn the second slot for the men’s 3m springboard individual event they were hoping for.
A top-18 finish at the Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro last month would have guaranteed Amsyar a place at the Olympics. Instead, he finished 24th.
He was then hoping to occupy one of the additional slots yet to be taken up after last year’s World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia and the World Cup meet.
A total of 34 divers compete in each of the four individual events at the Olympics.
“Amsyar did not get the Olympic spot. He may only win a place for the 3m springboard if someone else declines,” said Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Mae Chen.
“But we might enter him to compete in the 3m springboard at the Olympics and let Ooi Tze Liang focus on the 10m platform.
“The Olympic quotas for individual and synchro are earned for the country in the first place.”
Tze Liang earned one Olympic slot each for Malaysia in the 3m springboard and 10m platform at the Asian Diving Cup in Kuala Lumpur last year.
Malaysia will have full representation in all the women’s events – 3m springboard and 10m platform individual as well as synchro.
Meanwhile, Wendy Ng Yan Yee failed to reach the women’s 3m springboard final at the Diving World Series opening leg in Beijing on Friday.
The Rio Olympic-bound diver finished sixth in her semi-final heat with 253.95 points.
The top three from the two semi-final heats qualified for the final.
Pandelela Rinong will seek a second medal when she competes in women’s 10m platform individual on Sunday.
Pandelela partnered Leong Mun Yee to take bronze in the 10m platform synchro final on Friday.