The Star : Pandelela-Jun Hoong’s trust in each other leads to stunning gold

Just superb: Pandelela Rinong (left) and Cheong Jun Hoong Cheong won gold in the women’s 10m platform synchro in the third leg of the FINA Diving World Series.

PETALING JAYA: It was a wonderful day for Malaysian sports in Montreal as divers Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong registered an upset win in the third leg of the FINA Diving World Series.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong became the first Malaysian divers to triumph in the prestigious series after winning the women’s 10m platform synchro event on Friday.

Lew Yi Ying brought more cheers by taking bronze in the women’s individual epee (limb impairment) for Malaysia in the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup on the same day in the same city.

The Chinese team arrived in Montreal with a record of having won every single event of the 2018 FINA Diving World Series, securing 20 golds in Beijing, China, and Fuji, Japan.

The competition was so close that the top three finishers were separated by less than two points.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong, who bagged the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast, Australia, two weeks ago, took over the lead from 2017 world championships silver medallists Kim Mi-rae-Kim Kuk-hyang of North Korea with two dives to go to nail a breakthrough win with 322.74 points.

The North Korean pair held on for the silver with 321.90 points.

China’s scratch pairing of Si Yajie-Lin Shan, the replacements for teenage duo Zhang Minjie-Zhang Jiaqi, surprisingly never led the competition and settled for bronze with 320.82 points.

Pandelela was elated with the achievement, especially as they also had to cope with jetlag after arriving in Montreal on Monday.

“This is my first gold at the Diving World Series since 2010 (her first outing).

“I feel very grateful. We trust each other and this partnership works.

“Also, thanks to my coach Zhang Yukun for boosting our confidence. I hope to stay injury free after this,” said Pandelela, who also partnered Jun Hoong to take silver in the Rio Olympics two years ago.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong have enjoyed a hot streak so far this year, having taken silver in the opening leg in Beijing before finishing with a bronze the following week in Fuji last month.

Zhang Minjie-Zhang Jiaqi won the first two legs.

Malaysia’s Nur Dhabitah Sabri-Leong Mun Yee finished sixth in the women’s 3m springboard synchro event with 256.20 points.

Dhabitah-Mun Yee took bronze in the same event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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The Star Online : Jun Hoong-Pandelela claim historic Diving World Series gold

Cheong Jun Hoong-Pandelela Rinong picked up where they left off at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to win nation's first ever Diving World Series gold in the 10m platform synchro. - Filepix

PETALING JAYA: Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong etched their place in the history books by becoming the first Malaysian divers to triumph at the prestigious Diving World Series.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong, who just bagged the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast two weeks ago, maintained their consistent form to win the women’s 10m platform synchro event in the third leg of the series in Montreal, Canada today.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong took over the lead from the North Korean pairing Kim Mi-rae-Kim Kuk-hyang with two dives to go to nail a breakthrough win with 322.74 points.

The North Korean pair held on to take silver with 321.90 points. China’s scratch pairing of Si Yajie-Lin Shan, the replacements for teenage duo Zhang Minjie-Zhang Jiaqi, settled for bronze with 320.82 points.

It is the first time Malaysian divers stood on top of the podium in the series, which is only for the top eight ranked in the world, since its inception in 2007.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong thus continued their perfect streak to the season, having taken silver in the opening leg in Beijing, China before finishing with a bronze in the following week in Fuji, Japan last month.

Zhang Minjie-Zhang Jiaqi won the first two legs.

 

The Star : Pandelela-Jun Hoong romp to first ever synchro gold medal

GOLD COAST: Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong lived up to their big reputations as they clinched gold in the women’s 10m platform synchro event at the Commonwealth Games.

The Olympic silver medallists and world championships bronze medallists led from start to finish as they scored 328.08 at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.

It is Malaysia’s first ever gold medal from synchro at the Games.

The pair’s win was made even sweeter after teammates Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri delivered a huge final dive to pip Australia’s Teju Williamson-Melissa Wu to the bronze.

Mun Yee-Dhabitah who trailed in fourth after the first four dives, finished with 308.16, ahead of Williamson-Wu who had 307.80. Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito-Caeli McCay took the silver with 312.12.

With diving’s excellent one gold and two bronzes, Malaysia’s medal tally is now 3-3-5.

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The Star : Diver Jun Hoong fears the cold weather Down Under

Looking for a breakthrough: Cheong Jun Hoong has not been at her best since winning gold at the World Championships last year.

PETALING JAYA: Diver Cheong Jun Hoong will go into the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a big reputation.

But it will count for nothing as she looks to start from scratch when the four-day competition starts from April 11-14.

The 27-year-old, who has been dealing with injuries, has not been at her best since winning gold at the World Championships last year.

The Ipoh-born Jun Hoong has a lot to work on after she missed out on the final of the 10m platform event in the first two legs of the Diving World Series – Beijing, China, and Shizuoka, Japan – last month.

“My results in the last two events showed that I still have a lot to work on.

“I believe there’s still a lot of room for improvement, especially in the individual event as I’m not quite there yet. I’m really taking it one step at a time and trying not to over-exert myself,” she said, adding that the biggest challenge would be the weather.

“I’m still not good dealing with cold. There’s a lot to overcome and it’s not as easy as people think”, added Jun Hoong.

But while Jun Hoong is struggling in the individual event, it is in the 10m platform synchro event that she has a chance to strike gold.

With her partner Pandelela Rinong, the pair are Olympic silver and World Championships bronze medallists.

They also took silver at the Beijing leg of the world series while finishing with a bronze in the Shizuoka leg.

And Malaysia, who won one gold in both the 2010 New Delhi and 2014 Glasgow Games, will surely be banking on Jun Hoong-Pandelela to deliver when the platform synchro starts on April 11.

Besides Jun Hoong-Pandelela, the other Malaysian pair participating are Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

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The Star : Pandelela-Jun Hoong nail second straight podium finish

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian divers Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong maintained their reputation as a world-class pairing with their second straight podium finish in the Diving World Series.

Newly crowned National Sportswoman for 2017 Jun Hoong partnered Pandelela to clinch the bronze medal in the women’s 10m platform synchro final in the second leg in Fuji, Japan, yesterday.

Jun Hoong-Pandelela slipped to third with two dives to go but managed to hold on to finish the competition with 310.32 points.

North Koreans Kim Mi-rae-Kim Kuk-hyang narrowly finished ahead of the Malaysian pair to take the silver with 311.58 points.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong, the Olympic silver medalists in Rio two years ago, took the silver behind the Chinese pair in the opening leg in Beijing, China, last week.

There will be a break of five weeks before the prestigious series resumes with two remaining legs in Montreal, Canada (April 27-29), and Kazan, Russia (May 4-6).

The Commonwealth Games is up next in Gold Coast from April 4-15 and Pandelela-Jun Hoong are pleased to have a psychological edge over their main Australian and Canadian rivals.

Australians Taneka Kovchenko-Melissa Wu and Canadians Meaghan Benfeito-Caeli McKay finished fifth (294.84) and sixth (283.20) respectively yesterday.

“I’m pleased with the performance in Beijing and Fuji. Our consistency is there now,” said Pandelela, who will compete in the 10m platform individual today.

The two-time Olympic medallist will have to fight her way to the top-six final from a tough heat comprising the likes of Benfeito, reigning Olympic champion Ren Qian and her Chinese teammate Zhang Jiaqi, the winner in Beijing last Sunday.

But Pandelela, who finished fourth in Beijing, is relishing the challenge.

“My semi-final group is tougher but I’ll try my best and focus on qualifying for the final. It’s getting more exciting,” she added.

Said world champion Jun Hoong: “I was sad not to be able to fly back to take the National Sportswoman award myself but it’s not too bad now. We still got a podium although not in the best of conditions.”

Dhabitah-Mun Yee finished sixth in the women’s 3m springboard synchro final with 253.14 points.

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