Zhuliang admitted that Malaysia would have a better chance of winning a medal if Pandelela had competed in the two synchro events.
“At the World Championships in Barcelona last year, Pandelela finished fifth with Jun Hoong in the 3m springboard synchro. And she partnered Mun Yee to win the bronze in the 10m platform synchro, so her absence is a big blow to us.
“Pandelela only started pool training yesterday (Wednesday) after one week of rest. And we didn’t want her to aggravate the injury,” said Zhuliang.
There is, however, a possibility of Pandelela taking part in the individual platform on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Dhabitah partnered Chew Yiwei to a creditable sixth place in the mixed team event by securing 336.70 points.
As expected, hosts China swept both the golds – mixed team event and women’s springboard synchro – on Wednesday.