PETALING JAYA: National divers Jellson Jabillin and Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya are still young and learning.
And that’s why head coach Christian Brooker did not come down hard on the duo after they finished last in the men’s 10m platform synchro event on the opening day of the Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia, yesterday.
Brooker believes the 17-year-old Jellson and 18-year-old Hanis still have room to improve.
They finished fifth in the five-team field with a total of 334.26 points.
Their scores were not even close to China’s gold-medal winning pair Yang Hao-Lian Junjie, who put up a classy show to amass 444.18 points.
Home favourites Aleksandr Bondar-Vikto Minibaev came in second with 403.02 points while Great Britain’s Thomas Daley-Matthew Tee had 395.82 points for the bronze medal.
Australia’s Domonic Bedggood-Declan Stacey were in fourth with 379.74 points.
“This was a good platform for our young divers to go up against a very experienced field,” said Brooker.
“They are sill learning to compete at this level and I see this as an opportunity for them to gain as much experience as possible.
“We knew their scores will be low because their difficulty level is quite low compared to the rest of them but personally, based on their scores, they dived okay.”
“They did better during this competition compared to what they did in training. So, that’s a good sign and they can work on improving themselves.”
Hanis will dive again today in the mixed 10m platform synchro with Leong Mun Yee.