GOLD COAST: Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri had a golden opportunity to nail a gold medal in the women’s 3m springboard synchro event at the Commonwealth Games.
However they couldn’t make the best of their chance and eventually settled for bronze with a score of 264.90 at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.
It was certainly a waste as the pair were placed second heading into the fifth and final dive and needed a solid finish to stand on top of the podium.
But Dhabitah fumbled the entry on the last dive and they only scored 42.30 to drop down to third.
Australian pair Esther Qin-Gerogia Sheehan delivered the hosts’ first gold medal in diving with a score of 284.10 while England’s Alicia Blagg-Katherine Torrance took silver with 276.90.
Despite the bronze medal finish, Mun Yee-Dhabitah were still pleased to finish with a medal.
“I never expected a medal in this event. It wasn’t a target for us because Canada and Australia are stron,” said 18-year-old Dhabitah.
“In the Diving World Series, they were the ones always on the podium. Yet somehow we finished with a medal despite our last dive so I’m quite thankful for that.”
The pair will return to the pool in the evening session where they will join Olympic silver medallists Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong in the 10m platform synchro event.
In the men’s 1m springboard preliminaries, the trio of Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Mohd Syafiq Puteh all qualified for the top-12 final.
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