PETALING JAYA: After the disappointment of not making it to the Olympics, Malaysian divers Yeoh Ken Nee-Rossharisham Roslan showed they are still competitive at the top level with a silver medal winning effort in the first leg of the FINA World Diving Grand Prix in Shenzhen yesterday.
Ken Nee-Rossharisham nudged ahead of Russian pair Aleksandr Dobroskok-Sergey Nazin for third placing at the end of the men’s 3m springboard synchronised final on 410.89 points.
However, the Malaysian pair earned the silver as the second Chinese pair Tang Shaoyun-Xu Chengliang, who finished with 455.22, were not eligible.
The World Diving Grand Prix regulations only allows one pair from each country to stand on the rostrum for synchronised diving events.
World champions Qin Kai-Zhang Xinhua staved off a strong fight from their younger team-mates to take the gold for China with 457.08 points.
Ken Nee-Rossharisham won the silver medal at the Doha Asian Games two years ago and were targeted to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
However, the duo kissed goodbye to their hopes when they failed to finish in the top six in the Olympic qualifiers last year.
Malaysia also bagged a second silver medal in the women’s 10m platform synchronised through Pandelela Rinong-Traisy Vivian, who raked in 290.34 points.
It was the second medal for the 14-year-old Pandelela, who had bagged a bronze in the 10m platform individual final the previous day.
Olympic champion Chen Ruolin also earned her second gold medal when she partnered Kang Li to come out tops with 362.04 points.
World championships silver medallist Bryan Nickson looked set to be the only Malaysian diver to return without a medal after he finished fifth in the men’s 10m platform individual.
Bryan scored 396.15 to finish behind two Russians — Dimitriy Dobroskok (486.30) and Minibaev Victor (508.20).
Beijing Olympics silver medallist Zhou Luxin took the gold with 573.50 points ahead of his fellow countryman Lin Yue, who finished with 520.70.
Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said Bryan is still getting used to the new dive routine.
“He needs to move up to a higher degree of difficulty to remain competitive at the top level.
“Bryan only started learning the new dive and there is still time for him to improve before the world championships later this year,” said Edwin.