PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s miserable run continues in the men’s 10m platform synchro event as divers Jellson Jabillin-Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya failed to book an Olympics ticket at the World Cup in Tokyo.
The young Malaysian pairing finished the six-dive final competition in ninth position with 359.82 points.
Jellson-Hanis, both 20, earned a place in the top-12 final after finishing ninth in the preliminary round with 349.74 points.
With low difficulties it was tough for Jellson-Hanis to fight for a top six place that would have guaranteed Malaysia a quota spot in the Olympics.
Malaysia have never made it to the Olympics in this event although diving started to make a big impact after producing a medal winner through platform specialist Pandelela Rinong in the 2012 edition in London.
Britain’s Tom Daley-Matthew Lee won the gold with 453.60 points ahead of Mexicans Randal Willars Valdez-Ivan Garcia, who finished with 405.69.
Canada’s Vincent Riendeau-Nathan Murray took bronze with 393.81 points but the surprise was Kim Yeong-nam-Woo Ha-ram, who became the first South Korean divers to qualify for an Olympic synchro diving event after placing fifth with 383.43 points.
Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Ukraine complete the Olympic field for the men’s 10m platform synchro with China, Britain and Russia already assured earlier by virtue of being the top three finishers from the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in 2019.
Diving coach Christian Brooker was pleased with the performances of Jellson-Hanis.
“The boys had an amazing performance. They did well in the preliminaries and did not let up in the final. That’s what we want to see from our athletes, ” said Brooker.
“The boys had been plagued by injuries for the last few months but still managed to compete with the best divers in the world.
Brooker however was quite disappointed with Wendy Ng Yan Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who missed out on an Olympics ticket in the women’s 3m springboard synchro.
“We thought Wendy and Dhabitah were very prepared for this competition. They did well in the warm-up but missed out somehow, ” said the Australian.
“We are unhappy about this. I will talk to them and find out what had happened. Unfortunately, this things happen in sports... the girls had a bad day.”
Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee, who are already assured of a place in the Olympics after finishing second at the previous world meet, can lift the gloom today when they compete in the women’s 10m platform synchro.
Ooi Tze Liang-Chew Yiwei will bid to win an Olympic ticket in the men’s 3m springboard synchro event tonight.
10m platform synchro: 1. Tom Daley-Matthew Lee (Gbr) 453.60,2. Randal Willars Valdez-Ivan Garcia (Mex) 405.69,3. Vincent Riendeau-Nathan Murray (Can) 393.81.
Selected: 9. Jellson Jabillin-Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya (Mas) 359.82.
3m springboard synchro: 1. Chen Yiwen-Chang Yani (Chn) 317.16,2. Jennifer Abel-Melissa Citrini Beaulieu (Can) 289.98,3. Elena Bertocchi-Chiara Pellacani (Ita) 283.77.
Selected (preliminary): 15. Wendy Ng Yan Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri (Mas) 217.95.