A first poor dive ended Pandelela's medal hopes in final


It's over. National diving queen Pandelela Rinong challenge ended without a medal in Tokyo. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Pandelela Rinong's hopes of winning a medal in third straight Olympics ended after a first dive disaster in the women's individual 10m platform final.

The 28-year-old scored a poor 18.00 points and never recovered after that as she eventually finished last among the 12 finalists at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Thursday.

Pandelela improved with 71.05, 60.80, 52.80 ad 43.20 before finishing her five-dive routine with a total score of 245.85 points. She will come back home without a medal from her fourth Olympic campaign.

Pandelela won a bronze in the same event in London in 2012 and took silver with Cheong Jun Hoong in the women's 10m platform synchro event in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

It's the first time in nine years that the diving team have failed to contribute an Olympics medal.

China's Olympic rookie Quan Hongchan produced a magical display of precision diving en route to winning the gold with 466.20 points. It is the highest winning score in the women's 10m platform in Olympics history.

Teammate Chen Yuxi, the reigning world champion, settled for silver with 425.40 points while Australia's Melissa Wu took the bronze in her fourth Olympics bid with 371.40 points.

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