Divers expected to revive Malaysia’s Commonwealth Games medal target

IT is the halfway mark of the Commonwealth Games and Malaysia are struggling on the medal count.

The excellent two-gold start by weightlifters Mohd Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad and Mohd Aznil Bidin seemed like a long time ago and looked more like a false start in Malaysia’s bid to finish in the top 10.

The cycling team had some decent showing but finished without a single medal while badminton and lawn bowls are falling short in the midst of the competition.

With that, the diving team are looking at giving the Malaysian contingent a boost when the competition starts at the Optus Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Team manager Low Siak San is confident that the divers are pumped up and ready to deliver.

“The divers have settled down and have been training and getting used to the conditions,” said Siak San. “The team morale is certainly high.

“They are in perfect condition and are ready.”

The first day of the competition is Malaysia’s best chance to nick a gold when Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong begin their campaign in the women’s 10m platform synchro event.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong are the Olympic silver medallists and World Championships bronze medallists.

They also did well by taking silver at the first leg of the Diving World Series in Beijing and bronze in the second leg in Shizuoka, Japan.

The other pair to compete in the platform synchro event are Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

Mun Yee-Dhabitah are also down to compete in the 3m springboard synchro on the same day.

The other divers competing on the first day are Ooi Tze Liang (pic), Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Mohd Syafiq Puteh in the men’s 1m springboard event.

Commonwealth Games 2018 , Diving