Sarawak’s dynamic duo steal the show again in the pool

  • Other Sport
  • Tuesday, 01 Jun 2004

YOUNG Sarawakian Elizabeth Jimie stole the show in the synchronised diving competition when she bagged a second gold with her partner, Gracie Junita, in the 3m springboard event at the Aquatic Centre in Paroi yesterday. 

The 12-year-old Elizabeth was too young to be considered for the last Sukma in Kota Kinabalu and she only had the chance to train with 14-year-old Gracie two weeks ago.  

But the charming duo again proved to be in sync with each other from the first jump and led all the way. 

They had bagged the 10m platform synchronised diving gold medal on Sunday.  

The Sarawak pair, who went through their fifth and final dive with a degree of difficulty of 2.8, accumulated a total of 246.90 points to finish in front of Perak's Naziratul Azween-Cheong Jun Hoong (199.62) and Selangor's Nur Aliah-Ainaa Yashira (179.82).  

For Elizabeth and Gracie, who are members of the national junior squad, all the hard work in training had paid off. 

They had to give up on the chance to spend time with their families in Kuching during the current school holidays because of Sukma. 

“We could not go back earlier because we are studying at the Bukit Jalil Sports School. We will miss out on the Pesta Gawai (harvest) celebration tomorrow. But I guess it's okay for me because I have two gold medals now,” said Elizabeth, who is of Iban descent. 

Gracie said that she was happy to have contributed to Sarawak's gold medal haul in aquatics.  

“I got a new partner and I was worried we will not pull it off. But we gave encouragement to each other and stayed calm before we went for dive,” said Gracie, who is a Bidayuh.  

There was double joy for Sarawak in the competition yesterday with Zibeon Uzza-Bryan Nickson picking up the boys' 10m platform synchronised diving gold medal. 

The two 14-year-old divers chalked up a total of 287.22 to beat the Selangor pair of Ahmad Fakhri-Mohd Azheem (250.95).  

The Penang combination of Ang Lian Shern-Seow Hock Mao took the bronze with a score of 207.84.  

The individual competitions begin today with the boys' 3m and girls' 1m springboard events. 

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