Silver for Khairul


PETALING JAYA: Diver Khairul Safwan Mansur was the toast of the Malaysian camp at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival on Friday when he won the silver medal in the boys’ 3m springboard event at the Sydney Olympic park aquatic centre. 

The 18-year-old Sabahan accumulated 539.85 points to finish behind champion Tian Qin of China, who had a total of 556.55 points. 

Another Chinese diver Longji Yu took the bronze medal on 523.10. 

Khairul lived up to his promise to deliver the silver after bagging bronze in the same event last year. 

Bryan: He manages a bronze with partner Azman AhmadAmsyar in the 3m synchronised event.

“I did quite well,” said Khairul in an SMS sent from Sydney. “My target was to deliver the silver medal as this was my last Youth Olympics. And I just did that. 

“I have improved my performance and this is good in preparation for the World championships in Melbourne in March,” said Khairul. 

He added that the silver had made amends for his failure to deliver a medal in the World Junior diving championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil last September. 

He finished fifth in the 3m springboard event and was placed seventh in the 1m springboard competition. 

Malaysia also won a bronze in diving. 

Olympian Bryan Nickson Lomas and Azman Ahmad Amsyar delivered the bronze in the boys’ 3m synchronised event with 261.24 points. China’s Tain Qin and Longji Yu (317.85 points) won the gold while Great Britain’s Charles Calvert and Callum Johnstone (292.20 points) took the silver. 

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Elizabeth Jimie, who won the gold medal in the World Junior championships last year, partnered Cheong Jun Hoong to finish fourth in the girls’ 3m synchronised event with 246.84 points. 

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