PETALING JAYA: Sukma (Malaysia Games) diving stars Seow Hock Mao and Elizabeth Jimie will lead a cast of young Malaysian hopefuls for the World Junior Diving Championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 23-27.
The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) finalised a list of 13 divers for the Malaysian team who will be competing in two age categories – 14-15 and 16-18.
Penang and Sarawak made a clean sweep of all five gold medals at stake in the boys' and girls' competitions in the Sukma held in Alor Star in June.
Penang's Hock Mao and Sarawak's Elizabeth, who each bagged four gold medals at Sukma, were obvious choices after impressing in the diving control tests held while they were training in China.
Sarawak's Bryan Nickson Lomas, who won the 3m springboard title in the last world junior meet held in Brazil two years ago, has been concentrating on the 10m platform since and will be competing in the higher age category this time.
Others competing in the 16-18 age group are Khairul Safwan and Ang Lian Shern (boys) and Cheong Jun Hoong and Naziratul Azween (girls).
The younger age group will have seven divers – Mohd Fakhri, Pardika Indoma, Ahmad Fakhri, Abdul Afiq, Ahmad Amsyar (boys), Elizabeth and Loh Xiao Ming (girls).
With a total of 40 countries confirming their participation, the world junior meet later this month is set to be the biggest ever in terms of participation.
And Asum secretary Edwin Chong said the competition would provide the Malaysian divers with invaluable experience.
“Except for Bryan, Khairul and Jun Hoong who competed in Brazil, all the others have not competed at such a high level before.
“For them, it is going to be their first international competition. It will be interesting to see where they stand against the best in the world,” said Edwin.
Asum have not set a target for the divers in the world junior meet, which will see the likes of China, the United States and Australia vying for the lion's share of the medals.
The Malaysian team are now training in Kunming and are scheduled to return in the middle of the month for the world junior meet.