Diving: Injury woes for Malaysia

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  • Sunday, 20 Aug 2006

TOUGH TASK: Cheong Jun Hoong (pic) and her diving partner ElizabethJimie are not fully fit ahead of the World Junior DivingChampionships starting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Things are not looking so bright for the national divers before the World Junior Diving Championships starts on Wednesday at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil. 

Two divers – Bryan Nickson Lomas and Cheong Jun Hoong – are still recovering from injuries. 

And on Friday, 14-year-old Elizabeth Jimie, who made a fine international debut in the 15th FINA World Cup Diving championships Changshu, China last month, injured her waist while training at the Kuala Lumpur Swimming Complex in Cheras. 

Bryan, who created history by becoming the first Malaysian to win the gold in the boys' 3m springboard Group B (14-15 age group) at the last championships in Brazil two years ago, is still recovering from a thumb injury while Jun Hoong is recuperating from a back injury. 

Elizabeth, a Form Two student at Tabuan Jaya Secondary School in Kuching finished a creditable 16th in the women's 1m springboard event in China and said she was looking forward for another good outing in the World Junior. That, however, looks to be dashed by the injury. 

“I was making a dive when I fall awkwardly in the pool and injured my waist. Although it's not a serious injury, it will affect my performance. 

“I am disappointed, especially with the championships starting in a few days,'' said Elizabeth, who will be competing in three events in the 14-15 age group category. 

Besides the 1m springboard event, she will also take part in the 3m springboard and synchronised diving with Jun Hoong. 

Elizabeth said that with Jun Hoong injured as well, they would face a tough task. 

The 14-year-old was selected for the World Cup in China after making a clean sweep in the girls' competition of the Kedah Sukma (Malaysia Games) in June. She took all four gold medals. 

Khairul Safwan Mansur also had a fine performance in the World Cup, finishing 13th in the men's 1m springboard to miss the final by just one spot. 

The Sabahan said his performance in China would definitely inspire him to give his best in the boys' 16-18 age group in the World Junior meet. 

“I am happy with my progress I made in China and now I am thinking off even skipping my SPM examination in November to give my best in the Asian Games in Doha in December,'' said Khairul, who finished sixth at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March. 

A total of 13 national divers comprising nine boys and four girls will be take part in the five- day meet which offers 14 gold medals. 

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