PETALING JAYA: Hard luck to Leong Mun Yee (pic). Her proud record of 11 straight SEA Games outings will not be extended as she is not in the diving team for the December Games in the Philippines.
But the 35-year-old, who is the most decorated Malaysian diver with 17 SEA Games gold medals amassed over two decades, is cool on missing out on the action in the Philippines.
Diving will take place in New Clark City and will see a drastic reduction of events with only four gold medals up for grabs – men’s and women’s 3m springboard and 10m platform individual.
There were 13 gold medals offered at the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.
The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia yesterday picked Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Loh Zhiayi and Jasmine Lai to make up the women’s side.
Indonesia Asian Games bronze medallist Chew Yiwei, Ooi Tze Liang, Gabriel Gilbert Daim and Muhd Syafiq Puteh are the male divers going.
Mun Yee, who first made her SEA Games debut in Jakarta in 1997, is not sad over her exclusion.
“Pandelela Rinong and I are not going to the SEA Games because there is no platform events.
“It’s okay as we still have to prepare for the Olympics. There is also the Asian Diving Cup in Bukit Jalil next month (Sept 6-8) where we will compete in the women’s 10m platform synchro and other Grand Prix meets, ” said Mun Yee, who recently partnered Pandelela to bag silver in the women’s 10m platform synchro at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
It was a career-best achievement in the event for Pandelela-Mun Yee and earned Malaysia a quota slot for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
“By not going for the SEA Games, I will use the time to train on my synchronisation while Pandelela will focus on raising her difficulty, ” said Mun Yee, who is unsure if she will still be around for the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam.
Mun Yee has already left with Pandelela and coach Li Rui for a three-week training stint in Sichuan, China.
Mun Yee’s best achievement at the SEA Games was in Kuala Lumpur in 2001 where she made a clean sweep of all four gold medals at stake in the women’s competition.