BARCELONA: The big grin on Pandelela Rinong’s face after she completed the last dive with Leong Mun Yee told the whole story.
They let slip the silver medal with one dive to go but it was still mission achieved for the duo as they made World Championships history for Malaysia again with a bronze in the women’s 10m platform synchro final at the Montjuic Municipal Pool yesterday.
Pandelela-Mun Yee chalked the third highest total of 331.14 points to equal their ever achievement for the country at the world championships.
The duo previously delivered Malaysia their first-ever medal in world championships history by claiming bronze in the same discipline in the 2009 edition in Rome but they finished sixth in Shanghai two years later.
At the Olympics in London last year, Pandelela-Mun Yee were placed seventh in the final but yesterday saw them firmly re-establish their credentials as a world class pair.
But it could have been the silver as they were holding that position until Canadians Roseline Filion-Meaghan Benfeito overtook with a 81.60 for a final total of 331.41.
Malaysian pair were holding a good lead after the fourth dive but only managed 78.72 and allowed the Canadians, the Olympic bronze medallists in London last year, to sneak ahead.
Chinese favourites Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia claimed the gold as expected with 356.28 points.