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Yiwei unable to save Malaysia the blushes in diving


Losing focus: Chew Yiwei competing in the men’s 10m platform final at the Optus Aquatic Centre yesterday. — AFP

Losing focus: Chew Yiwei competing in the men’s 10m platform final at the Optus Aquatic Centre yesterday. — AFP

THE Malaysian men have failed to deliver a diving medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games for the first time in 12 years.

With no medals after the first three days of the competition, hopes were on Chew Yiwei to at least salvage something from the 10m platform event.

But the 22-year-old was never really in contention and even flopped on his fifth dive for a score of 362.10 to finish ninth.

Australia’s Domonic Bedggood started and finished strongly to win the event with a score of 451.15 while England’s Matthew Dixon came a close second with 449.55.

Canada’s Vincent Riendeau took the bronze with 425.40.

“I did lose my focus on the fifth dive. It’s a nagging problem for me and it’s something that I’m working on,” admitted Yiwei.

“But I’ve improved over the last few days as I have reduced the number of mistakes I made during the competition.”

In the women’s 3m springboard, Games debutant Kimberly Bong ended on a high by finishing ahead of senior Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

The 15-year-old was consistent throughout her five dives as she tallied a total of 270.10 for a 10th place finish.

Dhabitah, on the other hand, was a major letdown as she scored 264.90 to finish 11th.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel, silver medallist in 2010 and 2014, finally clinched gold as she scored 366.95 to pip Australia’s Maddison Keeney who had 366.55.

Another Aussie Anabelle Smith took bronze with a score of 336.90.

   

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