Pandelela can stand tall with creditable fifth-place finish


  • Diving
  • Friday, 19 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Diver Pandelela Rinong (pic) has no reason to feel down although there is no second medal from her pet event.

Pandelela was placed a creditable fifth in the women’s 10m platform individual final at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, yesterday.

The Sarawak-born diver posted 70.50, 73.95, 70.40, 62.40 and 72.00 for a total of 349.25 points to equal her previous performance when she made her world championships debut in Rome, Italy, 10 years ago.

China’s 13-year-old Chen Yuxi emerged victorious on 439.00 points while compatriot Lu Wei came in second with 377.80.

American Delaney Schnell completed the podium line-up with 364.20 points.

Malaysia had won the gold medal in the discipline through Cheong Jun Hoong in Budapest, Hungary, two years ago while Pandelela clinched the bronze in the 2015 edition in Kazan, Russia.

Pandelela was pleased with the outcome, considering she had not been diving the 10m platform individual for the last four months due to recurring issues with her back.

Pandelela also skipped the Asian Games competition in Indonesia last year due to back injury.

Pandelela has no more events after this but she will return home with a career-best world championships silver medal earned with Leong Mun Yee in the women’s 10m platform synchro event.

“This is the first time I’ve qualified early for the 10m platform synchro event in the Olympic Games.

“I have also improved on my ranking for the individual event compared to the last world championship (where she finished ninth).

“It could have been sweeter (to win a medal) but I’m grateful for what I’ve achieved so far.

“I will use this world championships experience to improve myself further ahead of the Tokyo Games.

“Gwangju has been nice to me, I can’t wait to eat my fill and cheer on my teammates,” added the two-time Olympian medal winner.

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