Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bryan suffers knee injury while training

PETALING JAYA: Diver Bryan Nickson has learnt a new dive routine in China to strengthen his challenge for a medal on the high board at the Commonwealth Games. But it comes with a heavy price.
The 20-year-old Sarawakian is now carrying a knee injury and his condition may prevent him from emerging as the most successful Malaysian male diver in the Delhi Games.

The divers have been based in Tianjin for more than a month to polish up on more complex routines in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, which begin on Sunday, and also the Guangzhou Asian Games scheduled for Nov 12-27.

Bryan is down to compete in all five disciplines of the Commonwealth Games diving competitions, which will be held from Oct 9-13. But the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary, Edwin Chong, said they might have to review it.

Bryan: Has fighting chances for medals in all five events if he is fit.
Besides the 10m platform individual and synchronised in which he is likely to partner Abdul Rashid, Bryan will also compete in the 1m and 3m springboard individual.

For the 3m springboard synchronised, Bryan is also rated a strong medal prospect in a partnership with Yeoh Ken Nee. The duo won silver at the Asian championships and gold in the Laos SEA Games last year.
“I have been informed by the coach (Yang Zhuliang) that Bryan has injured his left knee,” said Edwin. “It’s a common one faced by a diver as a result of putting too much stress when one depresses the springboard.
“Initial check-up showed that it is not a joint injury and the National Sports Institute (NSI) will take another look at his condition after he returns home this week.

“Given his talent, Bryan has fighting chances for medals in all the five events if he is in good fitness condition and form. But it looks like it’s no longer possible for him to compete in all the events. It’s better for him to drop one or two events than risk going for all and end up with no medal.”

Bryan’s best bet for medal is in the 10m platform discipline.
“He learnt a new dive routine, which is a four-and-a-half somersault. His level of difficulty is on par with the world’s top ranked divers and it is only 0.1 degree lower than the reigning world champion Tom Daley, who will be competing for England,” said Edwin.

At the last Games in Melbourne in 2006, Bryan partnered James Sandayud to bag a silver in the 10m platform synchronised.
The diving squad for the Delhi Games will leave on Oct 5.

The other male in the team are Ken Nee, Ahmad Amsyar and Mohd Fakhrul. The women in the team are Youth Olympic Games double silver medallist Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Trasie Vivien, Cheong Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng.


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