Chance for redemption

  • Diving
  • Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019

Pressure’s off: Wendy Ng Yan Yee in action during the women’s 3m springboard event at the World Championships in Gwangju on July 18. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: After booking an early Olympic ticket, Wendy Ng Yan Yee is eager to get back to the pool.

She still has some unfinished business... to help Malaysia make a clean sweep in diving at the Philippines SEA Games in November.

However, there will only be four golds up for grabs compared to the previous Games two years ago in Kuala Lumpur where 13 events were contested.

Only the men’s and women’s 3m springboard individual and synchro events will be contested, hence the pressure on the team to deliver.

The recent World Championships 3m springboard finalists Wendy and Nur Dhabitah Sabri are expected to lead the women’s challenge while Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei will be counted on to secure the two gold medals at stake in the men’s department.

The 26-year-old secured her Olympic spot when she finished ninth in the 3m springboard final at the world meet in Gwangju, South Korea, earlier this month.

“Now that the pressure is off, I will just focus on training to help Malaysia qualify for the synchro event next year (at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo).”

For Wendy, the upcoming SEA Games will be a redemption of sorts.

After finishing second behind Cheong Jun Hoong in three previous attempts, Wendy made a breakthrough at the KL Games by winning the individual 3m springboard.

But her joy turned to dismay when she tested positive test for sibutramine, a substance often found in weight loss products.

She was forced to return the two gold medals she won in the individual and the synchro with Dhabitah.

“I have yet to win the individual gold because of the doping incident, so the SEA Games is also an important mission for me, ” said the Kuala Lumpur-born diver.

Wendy served an eight-month ban and returned to competition at the Asian Games in Indonesia last year where she won a silver with Dhabitah.

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