Golden girls dive straight back into action

The SEA Games mission to sweep all eight golds in diving has been a great success but there is hardly any time for Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri to celebrate.

The two experienced divers have to quickly prepare for two important back-to-back competitions after this.

They are expected to carry the diving team’s hopes at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary from June 17-July 3 followed by the Birmingham Commonwealth Games from July 28-Aug 8.

Pandelela, who partnered Dhabitah to win the women’s 10m platform synchro gold medal on Wednesday, returned home last night but is not expecting a long break.

“We will have a few day’s rest and then we need to be back to full time training for the world championships and the Commonwealth Games.

“It’s a blessing that the Asian Games in China have been postponed. Otherwise, it would be more taxing,” said the two-time Olympic medal winner.

The Asian Games had been scheduled to be held in Hangzhou in September but have been postponed to next year due to Covid-19 concerns.

Pandelela was happy with her performance and the diving team’s SEA Games outing.

“There was a lot of pressure (leading up to the SEA Games),” said the 29-year-old, who added she felt comfortable partnering Dhabitah for the upcoming competitions after this.

“Our rhythm is on point and there is no problem with the chemistry. The only thing is we need to improve on our individual techniques. I also need to learn to manage my injuries as I am not all that young any more.

“I can feel the pain during competition but the physio from National Sports Institute is around to handle the situation and it is manageable.”

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