WENDY Ng Yan Yee found redemption in grand fashion. She splashed her way to gold in the 3m springboard individual final at New Clark City Aquatic Center – and again dedicated her diving gold to her grandmother, this time for real.
Wendy chalked 235.90 points to claim her first individual Games gold medal as Jasmine Lai secured the silver for Malaysia as well with 192.75 points. Vietnam’s Ngo Phuong Mai was third with 185.25.
It was a win that Wendy had longingly waited for.
In Kuala Lumpur two years ago, she won the event and dedicated it to her grandmother Eu Chaw but she did not get to keep it. She had to surrender the medal after she was tested positive for sibutramine, a substance commonly found in slimming products.
The gold went to her teammate Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who had finished second.
Wendy can now breathe with relief as her grandmother, now 87 and resting at home in KL, will get to enjoy the moment with her grandchild.
“I waited two years for this moment. Finally, I can show my family the gold medal, ” said Wendy.
“The feeling is not the same as the SEA Games which was held at home. At that time, I was really diving at my best level as I had strong competition from Nur Dhabitah.
“Today was just about making sure we can win the gold medal for Malaysia and I was focused on doing that.
“I’m still proud as I wanted this individual gold medal. I’m very grateful to be able to come here to dive again. It’s been a long way to wait for the ban to end and for me to come back to train and recover my dives, ” said the 26-year-old, who will partner Dhabitah for the 3m springboard synchro today.
Ooi Tze Liang partnered Chew Yiwei later to hand Malaysia the second gold of the day in the men’s 3m springboard synchro final.
Tze Liang-Yiwei amassed 398.16 points in the six-dive competition for their first success as a pair in the event.
C. Juntaphadawon-Marksin Thitiphoom of Thailand got the silver with 344.76 points, beating Singapore Lee brothers Mark and Timothy, who chalked 340.53.
It is the third Games gold in the 3m springboard synchro for Tze Liang. He partnered Ahmad Amsyar Azman to win in Myanmar (2013) and Singapore (2015).
“I am very pleased with this win as this is the first time we partnered each other at the Games.
“It’s hard for us to adapt fast as we only had one day to practice at this venue because we arrived late on Wednesday, ” said Yiwei.
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