Li Rui: Dynamic duo Pandelela and Mun Yee to peak at Olympics


Leong Mun Yee (left) with coach Li Rui (middle) and Pandelela Rinong after they were presented with a silver medal for winning the women's 10m platform synchro in the first leg of the Diving World Series in Montreal.

PETALING JAYA: National coach Li Rui is expecting Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee to peak at the Tokyo Olympics.

Diving is one of few sports targeted to win medals at the Tokyo Games from July 23-Aug 8 having successfully delivered the goods at the London Games in 2012 and the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

It was Pandelela who grabbed bronze in the women’s 10m platform individual event in 2012 and she paired up with Cheong Jun Hoong to take silver in the 10m platform synchro event in 2016.

Pandelela will be riding on a wave of confidence after winning gold at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo in May and together with veteran Mun Yee, they are Malaysia’s best bet for a medal in the synchro event.

"We have been preparing well and there has been good progress in training as the intensity has been high," said Li Rui.

"I believe Pandelela-Mun Yee have a chance to get a medal. In three weeks, their performance should be better than what it is now.

"It's not going to be easy as there are many strong competitors at the Olympics.

"But we are putting in a lot of hard work and both Mun Yee and Pandelela are training diligently. For Mun Yee, this will be her last Olympics.

"It's important that they avoid any form of injuries in this period," added the Chinese coach.

Pandelela-Mun Yee will head to the Olympics as the reigning silver medallists from the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in 2019.

However, the pair only placed fourth with 288.36 points during the World Cup in May.

The other divers, who have also qualified for the Olympics are Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

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