KUALA LUMPUR: Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya-Jellson Jabillin are not going to throw away a chance to earn a historic Olympics diving ticket for Malaysia.
The two teenage divers have earned the nod to dive in the men’s 10m platform synchro event at the Diving World Cup meet and are determined to make the most of the opportunity.
FINA, the governing body for aquatics, have yet to determine where to hold the meet or decide on a new criteria to decide the Olympic spots. The meet, which was delayed from last year, was to be the final Olympics qualifying event for diving and slated to take place in Tokyo from April 18-23 but FINA decided to cancel it last week after they could not get assurance from the organisers on the health measures taken.
The 2017 SEA Games gold medallists Hanis-Jellson showed their determination to keep their Olympics dream alive when they posted 306.54 points in the selection trial organised by Malaysia Swimming yesterday.
Malaysia have yet to qualify for the men’s 10m platform synchro event at the Olympic stage and they were not represented in the event at the 2012 London and also 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
But the fact that none of their competitors will have any benefit of competition experience for the past one year did not escape Hanis.
“It’s not only us but I think everyone did not have any competition because of the Covid-19 pandemic, ” said the 18-year-old.
“We have a chance if we get our acts right. Hopefully, we can get better after this.”
There are four Olympic tickets remaining and depending on the results, a top six finish at their second World Cup may be enough for Hanis-Jellson to make the cut.
At the last World Cup meet in Wuhan, China, Hanis-Jellson finished seventh for Malaysia with 382.02 points.
3m springboard synchro: Ooi Tze Liang-405.54.
10m platform synchro: Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya-Jellson Jabillin 306.54.
3m springboard synchro: Nur Dhabitah Sabri-Wendy Ng Yan Yee 285.99.
10m platform synchro: Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee 282.18.