KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Games-bound Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong has just recovered from injury and did not want to take a risk by making a more difficult dive in the girls’ Group A 3m springboard final event yesterday.
And she paid the price for her caution when she finished eighth in the final with a score of 404.30 points in the World Junior Diving championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Still, Jun Hoong, was quite satisfied.
“I have just recovered from a back injury and did not want to execute more difficult degree dives because I might just aggravate my injury.
“Reaching the final is already a good achievement for me,” said Jun Hoong, who will be competing in the 10m platform event today.
The 16-year-old was the second Malaysian diver to reach a final.
Khairul Safwan qualified for the final in the boys’ Group A 1m and 3m springboard events on the first two days but failed to deliver the medal.
Naziratul Azween, the other diver to take part in the girls’ 3m springboard preliminary rounds yesterday, finished 30th.
Chia's Jia Dongjin, the silver medallist in the 1m springboard event on Thursday, won the gold in the 3m springboard yesterday with a total score of 510.65.
Canada’s Kelly Macdonald took the silver on 463.25 points.
The bronze went to German’s Nora Subschinski with 455.30 points.
Kristian Ipsen surprised himself when he upstaged China’s Li Junbai to deliver the first gold medal for the US in the boys’ Group B 1m springboard event with 446.00 points.
Li Junbai, who won the gold in the 10m platform event on Thursday, took the silver with 411.40 points while the bronze went to Mexico’s Jonathan Ruvalcaba with 407.20 points.
Ipsen said that he had not expected to win the gold medal in the event.
“I was expecting a strong challenge from Li but much to my surprise I finished ahead of everyone in the preliminary rounds,” said Ipsen, who finished 14th in the 10m platform on Thursday.
“We don’t have a 10m platform where I train in California. I have to travel to California University, a 1½-hour drive from my house, to train for 10m platform event,” said Ipsen.
Two Malaysians Ahmad Amsyar and Abdul Afiq failed to qualify for the final in the 1m springboard yesterday.
Ahmad finished 18th spot with 356.50 points while Abdul (332.50) was placed 23rd among the 29 divers.