PETALING JAYA: Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei can look forward to the individual campaign with renewed determination after putting up a respectable performance in the men’s 3m springboard synchro final at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo.
Tze Liang-Yiwei managed to finish all six dive routines without any big mistakes and lost out only on the difficulty level to settle for seventh place in the final with 385.50 points.
Daniel Goodfellow-Jack Laugher took advantage of the absence of the Chinese divers in the event to deliver Britain’s second gold medal of the championship with 440.94 points.
Germany were the first nation to claim the Olympics ticket with their silver medal finish from Patrick Hausding-Lars Rudiger, who finished with 433.92.
Joining Germany to Tokyo for the Olympics in two months time are Russians Evgenii Kuznetsov-Nikita Schleikher, who took bronze with 415.86. United States and Italy, who finished fourth and fifth respectively, claimed the remaining spots for Tokyo.
With Tze Liang-Yiwei coming up just short, the only synchro event where Malaysia will have representation is the women’s 10m platform synchro through Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee.
Wendy Ng Yan Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri were miserably off target when they did not even qualify for the women’s 3m springboard synchro final while youngsters Jellson Jabillin-Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya were placed ninth in the men’s 10m platform synchro.
Tze Liang and Yiwei will have to regroup quickly and put their mind on the 3m springboard individual event starting this Wednesday.
The duo are the most experienced male divers around and Malaysia will count on them to make sure there is at least one representative in Tokyo.
3m springboard synchro final: 1. Daniel Goodfellow-Jack Laugher (Gbr) 440.94,2. Patrick Hausding-Lars Rudiger (Ger) 433.92,3. Evgenii Kuznetsov-Nikita Schleikher (Rus) 415.86.
Selected: 7. Ooi Tze Liang-Chew Yiwei (Mas) 385.50.
10m platform synchro final: 1. Meaghan Benfeito-Caeli McKay (Can) 305.94,2. Lois Toulson-Eden Cheng (Gbr) 302.88,3. Christina Wassen-Tina Punzel (Ger) 292.86,4. Leong Mun Yee-Pandelela Rinong (Mas) 288.36.