PETALING JAYA: Malaysian platform diver Cheong Jun Hoong (pic) has delayed her trip to Tokyo by one week to give her more time to prepare for the Olympics.
Her teammates Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Wendy Ng Yan Yee and Nur Dhabitah Sabri have arrived in Tokyo with other members of the Malaysian contingent yesterday.
But the 2017 world champion diver is only leaving on July 25.
Her coach Yang Zhuliang said Jun Hoong needed every extra bit of training for the women’s 10m platform individual slated from Aug 4-5.
“Her event is starting later and there is no point for her to go so early,” said Zhuliang.
“Even if we go there early, it’s not great for her either as it is not the most ideal training situation in Tokyo right now.
“It’s better to stay back for a week and get some extra training before heading over. It’ll benefit her.”
The competition for diving starts on July 25 with the women’s 3m springboard synchro event.
Jun Hoong made a successful comeback after three years on the sidelines due to a knee surgery when she made the top 18 in the 10m platform individual event at the Diving World Cup in May to book her Olympics ticket.