PETALING JAYA: Diver Wendy Ng is the surprise entry for Malaysia in the fourth leg of the Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend.
It will be the first competition in nine months since Wendy decided to go under the knife to fix a nagging shoulder injury after splashing to a silver medal at the Asian Games in Indonesia last August.
The 25-year-old will compete in the women’s 3m springboard individual event alongside Nur Dhabitah Sabri.
Wendy will replace Kimberly Bong and will partner Dhabitah for the 3m springboard synchro event.
It was her partnership with Dhabitah that produced a silver medal for Malaysia in the 3m springboard synchro at the Asian Games.
Wendy is just relieved to be back in the thick of action after a lengthy period of recovery and training process.
The former Diving World Series bronze medallist admitted her condition is far from the best at the moment but is looking forward to shaking off the rust.
“It’s been so long after my shoulder operation that I can go for a competition again.
“I been trying hard to recover back my dives in training and the shoulder is coping well so far.
“I do not have any big expectatons but just to get back the tournament feeling.
“I actually qualified for the Diving World Series but I did not go for the earlier legs in order to recover after the operation,” said Wendy, who is hopeful of getting picked for the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea this July.
“Actually, this is my main target this year. To get into the squad for the world championships as it is going to be the first Olympic qualifying event for diving.
“I hope to go for another Olympic,” said Wendy, who reached the 3m springboard final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It will be a packed schedule for Dhabitah as she is down to partner Pandelela Rinong for the women’s 10m platform synchro event and with Muhd Syafiq Puteh for the mixed 3m springboard synchro.
Pandelela is also diving in the 10m platform individual while Leong Mun Yee will combine with Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya for the mixed 10m platform synchro event.
Jellson Jabillin will partner Hanis for the men’s 10m platform synchro event.
After Kazan, the final leg of the series takes place in London from May 17-19.