Asian Junior Aquatics meet: Jun Hoong bags 2 gold medals

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian girl diver Cheong Jun Hoong produced an impressive show to bag two gold medals on the fourth day of the Asian Junior Aquatics Championships at the Senayan Swimming Complex in Jakarta today.  

The 17-year-old came out tops in the girls' 10m platform and went on to clinch a second gold in the 1m springboard in the afternoon to give Malaysia their seventh diving gold medal in the Asian junior meet.  

Jun Hoong not only took her tally to four gold medals but also has a chance to make a clean sweep of all five titles at stake.  

She will compete in the 10m platform synchronised event on the final day of competition tomorrow. Jun Hoong had won the 3m synchronised gold with Pandelela Rinong on Tuesday and triumphed in the 3m springboard yesterday.  

Today, Jun Hoong bagged gold in the 10m platform with a total of 348.65 points. Kazakhstan's Ludimia Kahmel took the silver with 339.95.  

Malaysia extended their domination in the absence of Chinese divers in the girls' competition with Jun Hoong winning the 1m springboard event with a total of 420.15 points.  

Macau's Choi Suk Pan took silver with 393.70 while Kahmel won the bronze on a tally of 382.05.  

Malaysia also bagged a bronze in the boy's Group B (Under-15) 10m platform through Ahmad Fakhri.  

He chalked 339.50 to finish behind two Chinese divers. Feng Wuhan and Wang Feng were the respective gold (431.10) and silver (415.95) medallists for China.  

Jun Hoong was trained for the springboard events before she suffered a back injury after the Manila SEA Games two years ago.  

However, there was no place for the Manila SEA Games gold medallist diver after her return to the national squad early this year because Elizabeth Jimie was already forging a solid partnership with the more experienced Leong Mun Yee. 

While Jun Hoong was undergoing a long rehabilitation programme, Elizabeth was roped into the senior squad after winning the 3m springboard gold in the World Junior Championships in Kuala Lumpur last year. Elizabeth went on to win two bronze medals in the Doha Asian Games last year.  

Jun Hoong's win in the 10m platform today was a good sign ahead of the Thailand SEA Games at the end of this year.  

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said they are grooming Jun Hoong for the 10m platform.  

"We do not have any good platform diver and she is our best option. She is definitely on track to put up a strong challenge in the SEA Games," he said.

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