Damp squib as women’s 10m platform synchro goes out of sync

  • Diving
  • Sunday, 08 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: What was supposed to have been an exciting clash between Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee and North Korea’s Jo Jin-mi-Kim Mi-rae turned out to be otherwise in the women’s 10m platform synchro event at the Asian Diving Cup.

The Malaysian pair had to withdraw after just two rounds after Pandelela complained of back pain.

At the same time, the organisers also noticed North Korea did not field the correct pairing with another of their diver filling in for Mi-rae, who won the women’s 10m platform individual final the day before.

Asian Diving Cup technical director Tony Koh later said there was no winner for the women’s 10m platform synchro.

“We discovered halfway through the competition that one of the North Korean divers was not entered for the specific event. Under the provisions of the FINA rules for diving, the particular country had to be disqualified.

“The Malaysian team earlier requested to withdraw their pair (Pandelela-Mun Yee) as Pandelela had an injury.

“There were only two pairs and we could not proceed with the contest, so we declared there was no winner.”

Pandelela said she decided not to continue the competition as a precautionary measure.

“My back did not feel good in the morning and I decided not to continue after the first two dives.

“The first two dives were easier but I decided not to stress my back as I know I had to stretch myself for the next three remaining dives, which are all optional routines.

“I will go for physio after this and make sure I have enough rest,” said Pandelela, who partnered Mun Yee to take the silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.

It was the career-best performance for the Pandelela-Mun Yee partnership and gave them an early slot to the Tokyo Olympics.

The Malaysian pairing wanted to compete in the Asian Diving Cup to gauge themselves against the North Koreans, who did not take part in the world meet but had won two legs of the Diving World Series earlier this year.

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