Disgruntled Mun Yee rues the one that got away

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  • Thursday, 11 Dec 2003

MALAYSIAN diving queen Leong Mun Yee felt she was robbed of the chance to win her second gold medal in the competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Hanoi yesterday. 

Mun Yee, who clinched the gold in the 10m platform individual competition two days ago, partnered youngster Cheong Jun Hoong for the silver in the 10m platform synchronized event. But she felt that it should have been the gold. 

The duo notched a total of 240.18 points after five dives to finish behind Indonesians Shenny Ratna Amelia and Herliani Dias Sukhamati, who had a total of 273.18. 

Thailand's Sukrutai Tommaoros and Neeranuch Chantrakulcholt took the bronze with a total of 193.29 points. 

For Mun Yee, who bagged four gold medals at the last Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2001, it has been a disappointing campaign at the 22nd biennial Games. 

“Although I retained my 10m platform individual title, I am not totally satisfied with the outcome,” said the 19-year-old Mun Yee. 

“In my heart, I know that my form has not declined compared to the KL SEA Games or last year's Busan Asian Games. I was just a bit surprised over the marks they gave me. But I expect these things to happen. One has to accept it, although it may seem unfair.” 

On her future plans, Mun Yee said the Vietnam Games would not be her last in the series. 

“I have no plan to retire like my former teammates as I still love the sport. I want to qualify for the Olympics Games next year,” she said. 

Mun Yee will take a shot at achieving her dream in the World Cup, which will be held in Athens from Feb 18-22. 

The quota of 22 places in the Athens Olympics is still not filled. The World Cup is the second qualifying meet after the World Championships, which were held in Barcelona in July this year.  

In the men's 3m springboard synchronised competition, the young Malaysian pair of James Sandayud and Khairul Safwan finished fourth with a total of 237.99 points.  

The gold went to Thailand's Suchart Pichi and Meerit Insawang, who chalked up a total of 292.26 points.  

The diving competitions concluded yesterday and Malaysia finished with a total tally of one gold, three silvers and two bronzes. 

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