Diving: Malaysians continue to wow at Junior meet

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian divers bagged three out of the four gold medals at stake on the third day of the Asian Junior Aquatics Championships at the Senayan Swimming Complex in Jakarta on Thursday. 

Young Sarawakian lass Pandelela Rinong won the Group B (Under-15) 3m springboard event for her third gold of the championship. 

Manila SEA Games gold medallist Cheong Jun Hoong extended Malaysia's domination in the girls' competition by claiming the 3m springboard gold in the Group A (Under-17) category. 

Ahmad Amsyar recorded an upset victory over China's Wang Fen in the boy's Group B 1m springboard competition. 

The 14-year-old Ahmad, who was roped into the national back-up squad early this year, chalked 332.80 points for the gold. It was the first Malaysian gold in the boy's competition, which also ensured China will not finish with a clean sweep. 

Pandelela's third gold was also achieved in similar fashion. She beat her more fancied teammate Elizabeth Jimie, the double bronze medal winner in the Doha Asian Games last December, for the 3m springboard gold with a total of 374.35 points. 

Jun Hoong also prevailed against teammate Gracie Junita to win the girls' springboard event in Group A. 

Jun Hoong chalked 381.95 points while Gracie, who represented Malaysia in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, finished second on 361.25. 

National diver Bryan Nickson had to settle for silver for the third consecutive day despite putting up a good fight in the boy's Group A 10m platform. 

He amassed 575.95 points to finish second behind China's Wang Jihao, who took gold with 601.85. 

Malaysia have won five gold medals and with two days to go, looks set to match or surpass the haul of eight achieved in the last championship in Bangkok two years ago. 

More importantly, all eight divers are set to return with at least one medal each.

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