Malaysian increases tally to four golds at Asian meet


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian 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 yesterday.  

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

It was Jun Hoong's fourth gold and she now has a chance to make a clean sweep of all the five titles at stake.  

She will compete in the 10m platform synchronised event on the final day of competition today.  

On Tuesday, Jun Hoong emerged champion in the 3m synchronised event. Two days later, she triumphed in the 3m springboard. 

Yesterday, Jun Hoong bagged gold in the 10m platform with a total of 348.65 points.  

Kazakhstan's Ludimia Kahmel amassed 339.95 points for the silver.  

Malaysia extended their domination in the absence of the 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 was second with a 393.70 total while Kahmel, who collected 382.05 points, took the bronze.  

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

He picked up 339.50 points to finish behind two Chinese divers.  

Feng Wuhan accumulated 431.10 for the gold while Wang Feng finished second on 415.95. 

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said they were pleased with Jun Hoong's performance. 

“We are now grooming her in the 10m platform for the Thailand SEA Games in December. We do not have any good platform divers and she is our best option,” added Edwin.  

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