Monday, July 21, 2014

DIVING: All geared to strike

CHEONG Jun Hoong is on the right track to achieving glory at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow following an encouraging performance on the final day of the Diving World Cup in Shanghai yesterday.

Jun Hoong along with compatriot Wendy Ng achieved a significant first for Malaysia by reaching the final of the women’s 3-metre springboard individual. It was the first time the country had two representatives in an individual event at a world level competition.

A less than perfect fifth dive saw Jun Hoong earning 50.40 and eventually finishing eighth in the final with 326.45 points while Wendy finished 10th on 291.40 points. With the result, Jun Hoong has qualified for next year’s World Series.

Earlier, Jun Hoong and Wendy finished fourth (328.70) and 11th (300.70) respectively in the top 18 semi-finals.

China’s Shi Tingmao overcame compatriot and reigning world champion He Zi for the gold medal with 383.40 points. He Zi finished second on 369.65 followed by Canadian Jennifer Abel (364.05).
Coach Yang Zhuliang believes Jun Hoong has a fighting chance for an individual medal in Glasgow.
“She could have finished on the podium today (yesterday) had she done better on her fifth dive.

“The springboard is very competitive as divers are normally on high difficulties. If you do not have a good entry, you lose more than 20 points. It is all about nerves,” said Zhuliang.

In Glasgow, Jun Hoong will need to be at her best to finish on the podium. The medal contenders in the springboard are Jennifer and teammate Pamela Ware along with Maddison Keeney of Australia.


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