Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pandelela's neck a sore point

PANDELELA Rinong's destiny crosses the path of the Commonwealth Games and the 17-year-old Sarawakian looks set to continue her rise in New Delhi. The past year has seen the shy diver grow steadily in stature, winning her first World Championships medal with synchronised partner Leong Mun Yee, and grabbing two silver medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last month.

The Asian Games in Guangzhou in November could be a step-up for Pandelela, but there she will have to contend with the might of the Chinese in her platform events, and that is the only obstacle she, or anybody else in her class for that matter, has yet to overcome.

But things should work in her favour at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium on Oct 10-13, if Pandelela is not hindered by a naggng neck injury.
She has just one individual event to focus on -- the 10m platform which has been her pet event since her rise to prominence in the 2004 Malaysia Games, where she combined with Elizabeth Jimie to sweep all six gold medals contested.

In New Delhi, much is expected of Pandelela's combination with the seasoned 25-year-old Leong Mun Yee in the 10m platform synchronised.

The duo created history when they delivered Malaysia's first ever World Championships medal, taking the bronze in Rome in 2009. Less than two year on, they stand a fighting chance for a gold medal in New Delhi.

The duo will also combine for the 3m springboard synchronised, but if Pandelela's neck injury still hampers her, then performance on the springboard will suffer.

Read more: NST/

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