PETALING JAYA: Failing to earn a second consecutive Olympics final appearance in the women’s individual 3m springboard was a bitter pill to swallow for diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee.
Wendy returned home yesterday with teammate Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who finished fourth in the event.
The 28-year-old summed up her campaign as heartbreaking and now plans to take a break to let her shoulder heal.
Wendy did not make the top 18 after coming in 20th in the preliminaries. At the last Games in Rio, she finished 10th.
“I’ve been in the sport for the past 15 years and worked hard for the last five years training for this Games. It felt as though all the blood, sweat and tears was for nothing.
“This result is not what I have set for myself and I want to apologise to all Malaysians who were rooting for me.
“I trained so hard to bring pride to Malaysia but unfortunately I injured my shoulder during a training session just days before competition.
“I tried to forget about the pain but my body failed to respond.
“It was one of those days when everything went wrong, I have to suck it up and move on.”
Wendy is leaving her options open whether she wants to give it another shot at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“No one understands the hardship we put ourselves through all these years, the sacrifices we have to endure, just to put our foot in the Olympics,” said Wendy, who can’t wait to return to her family after serving the two-week quarantine.