Can’t wait for a dip

Top trio: National divers (from left) Wendy Ng, Leong Mun Yee and Pandelela Rinong will be Malaysia’s female representatives at the Diving World Series next year.

PETALING JAYA: The year is about to wind down and Wendy Ng can’t wait for the new season to start.

And the Tokyo Olympics-bound diver will not be left cooling her heels long.

Wendy has earned a spot in the 3m springboard individual competition at the four-legged Diving World Series.

She will make her bow in Zhuhai (Feb 26-28) and then Xian (March 5-7) in China. The series will then head to Kazan, Russia (March 19-21) before concluding in Montreal, Canada (March 26-28).

The 27-year-old, a double winner in the recent Malaysia Online Diving competition, will join Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee as the three Malaysian female representatives.

Wendy, who finished ninth in her event at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, is relishing the chance to shake off the rust as she gears up for her Olympic mission in Tokyo.

“The world series will start earlier in the year and it’s a good competition tune-up before we go to the Diving World Cup in Tokyo in April, ” said the 27-year-old from Kuala Lumpur.

“Otherwise, I have no competitions to look forward to as the Grand Prix events will only start in May.

“Nothing is handed to you in life and I will work hard to use this opportunity to execute what I have learned so far.

“The field will be very competitive next year because we all want to prove ourselves after what happened this year, ” added Wendy.

Wendy, who last took part in the series in 2017, is a former medal winner. She claimed bronze with Cheong Jun Hoong in the 3m synchro springboard in the Moscow leg in 2014.

The World Cup will be diving’s final Olympic qualifying event and Wendy will be eyeing to snatch a spot with Nur Dhabitah Sabri in the synchro.

The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted this year’s series with only Montreal hosting the competition while the events in Shanghai, Kazan and London were called off.

In Montreal, Pandelela-Mun Yee claimed silver in the 10m platform synchro. Pandelela went on to win a bronze in the individual platform.

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