PETALING JAYA: It was a glorious outing for the Malaysian divers when they bagged all three gold medals at stake on the final day of the Asian Age-Group Aquatics Championships at Senayan Swimming Complex in Jakarta yesterday.
Beijing-bound Olympian Bryan Nickson was the toast of the team, beating the more fancied Chinese to win the boys' Group A (Under-17) 1m springboard title.
After finishing with three silvers from his earlier events, it was a satisfying final outing for Bryan, the first Malaysian to qualify on merit for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He amassed 481.30 points to clinch his first gold in the championships. Wang Jihao (461.50) took the silver while Chang Quan (458.55) clinched the bronze.
Cheong Jun Hoong picked up her fifth gold of the championships when she partnered 14-year-old Pandelela Rinong to win the girls' synchronised 10m platform final. It was Pandelela's fourth gold in her first international outing.
The Malaysian pair accumulated 280.38 points to beat Indonesia's Shenny-Hadina for the gold. The Indonesian pair garnered 269.52 points while Hong Kong's Selena Mah-Louisa Mah took the bronze on 185.28.
Elizabeth Jimie completed a grand day for Malaysia when she triumphed in the girls' Group B (Under-15) 1m springboard event.
The 15-year-old from Sarawak chalked up 319.30 for her first gold of the championship while compatriot Wendy Ng posted 280.60 points for the silver.
Malaysia emerged as overall champions with a 10-gold haul. Diving giants China bagged six gold medals through their boys' team. China did not enter a team for the girls' competition.
Malaysia also managed to surpass their previous best haul of eight golds in the last championships in Bangkok two years ago.
Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said it was a very fruitful outing for the Malaysian team. “We have proven that we are the second best Asian team after China in diving at the junior level too. I am happy to note that our boys managed to contribute two gold medals,” he said.