ELIZABETH Jimie, taking part in only her third international diving competition, held her nerves well to partner Leong Mun Yee for the bronze medal in the womens 3m synchronised springboard event at the Hamad Aquatic Centre last night.
Elizabeth, who was competing in Sukma (Malaysia Games) just six months ago, combined with Mun Yee to win the bronze for Malaysia in the event for the second consecutive time with a total of 275.04. At the last Games in Busan, Mun Yee took third place with Farah Begum Abdullah.
It could have been a silver had the Malaysians executed the third and fifth attempts well.
Mun Yee-Elizabeth, the first of the six pairs to perform in the competition last night, trailed Japans Yamashiha Misako-Nishii Ryoke by just two points.
But Mun Yee messed up in the third dive and it was Elizabeths turn to falter in the fifth and final attempt. The Japanese, despite fumbling in the third dive, went on to claim the silver on 287.40.
World and Olympic champions Guo Jingjing and Li Ting of China were in a class of their own and took gold with a 50-point margin of victory on 337.80.
It was still an impressive effort from Elizabeth and Mun Yee, who only paired up for the Doha Asiad just two months ago.
Mun Yee won the SEA Games gold in Manila last year with Cheong Jun Hoong. But Jun Hoong was not selected for the Asiad because she had not recovered from a back injury.
Mun Yee said that she resumed intensive training after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in May when they were sent to Tianjin for a stint two months ago.
I thought we had no chance to earn a medal after the mistakes. I jumped too quickly and I am lucky that we did okay in the other dives, she said.
Elizabeth, who won four gold medals for Sarawak in Sukma in Alor Star and went on to take the 1m springboard title at the World Juniors in Kuala Lumpur in August, said that she never expected to get a medal.
I hope to do well in the remaining individual events (1m and 3m springboard), she said.