SARAWAK diver Elizabeth Jimie went through an intriguing battle to be crowned the princess of the diving competition when she beat teammate Pandelela Rinong to the 3m springboard gold medal at the State Aquatic Centre in Gunung Kerian, Alor Star, yesterday.
The 14-year-old Elizabeth bagged her third gold medal of the 11th Sukma with a total of 271.20.
Pandelela chalked up the highest score for a dive at 7.50 but slight mistakes in the third and fourth dives saw her ending up second on 262.05. Penang’s Jessly Yeoh took the bronze on 224.75.
Pandelela also has three gold medals in her bag thus far and it has set up an exciting battle today for the last gold medal at stake in the girls’ 1m springboard competition.
Pandelela had beaten Elizabeth to second place in the 10m platform individual event. The duo emerged winners for Sarawak in the synchronised events for 3m springboard and 10m platform.
Elizabeth, a student of the Tabuan Jaya Secondary School in Kuching, has set her sights on emerging as the biggest winner in the competition.
“I will try to finish with a total of four gold medals,” said Elizabeth, who started diving when she was seven.
“I bagged three golds and one silver in the last Sukma in Seremban. I have gained more experience and I will hold nothing back tomorrow (today).”
Penang’s Seow Hock Mao also achieved a hat-trick of wins, triumphing in the boys’ 1m springboard competition. He chalked up 288.70 points to clinch gold ahead of teammate Ang Lian Shern, who finished on 274.80.
The duo had won the synchronised event for 3m springboard and 10m platform. The last event in the event for the boys is today’s 3m springboard individual competition.