Bryan slips up in duel with Zibeon for platform title

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  • Friday, 04 Jun 2004

A FUMBLE in the final dive put paid to Sarawak diver Bryan Nickson's hopes of wresting a first individual gold medal in Sukma at the Aquatic Centre in Paroi yesterday.  

The 14-year-old Bryan was leading after nine dives and looked set to win the 10m platform event. But disaster struck when he misjudged his execution of the backward somersault routine.  

Bryan landed awkwardly and only secured a measly 26.10 points for his final dive.  

The fumble paved the way for fellow Sarawakian, Zibeon Uzza, to win the gold.  

The 15-year-old Zibeon, who had trailed in second place from the start, notched 57.60 in the final dive for a total of 558.63. Bryan settled for silver with 554.97 points and Sabah's James Sandayud took the bronze with a total of 548.91.  

It was the third gold medal won by Zibeon in the 10th Games. He had partnered Bryan to win the 10m platform synchronised diving title and he was also the winner of the individual 1m springboard event. 

Bryan was left blaming himself for failing to nail first-ever individual gold in Sukma.  

“I felt the pressure and my concentration slipped away. I should have done better than this,” he said. 

Top Malaysian diver Leong Mun Yee bade farewell to Sukma with a gold in the girls' 3m individual springboard event yesterday. 

The 20-year-old from Perak, who has qualified for the Athens Olympics, easily beat her younger national teammate, Gracie Junita of Sarawak, to the gold with a total of 480.15 points.  

The 14-year-old Gracie secured 466.47 while Cheong Jun Hoong of Perak took bronze with a score of 424.74.  

Sarawak finished as the overall champions with a haul of 7-5-1 followed by Perak (2-2-3). 

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