The Star : Pandelela gives season-best show to reach individual final

Diving - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Womens 10m Platform Final - Optus Aquatic Centre - Gold Coast, Australia - April 12, 2018. Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia in action. REUTERS/David Gray

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandelela Rinong (pic) served a surprise by qualifying for the women’s 10m platform individual final in the Diving World Series finale in Kazan, Russia.

Pandelela gave a season-best display to finish second in the first semi-final group yesterday, thus earning a place in the top-six final.

Pandelela posted 72.00, 62.35, 67.20, 78.40 and 76.80 to finish with 356.75 points.

North Korea’s Kim Mi-rae scored 359.65 points to top the first semi-final contest.

Russian Iuliia Timoshinina grabbed the last ticket from the first semi-final group with 351.10 points.

The top three divers from each semi-final grouping make the cut for the final and there was a shock as China’s Si Yajie, the world champion in 2013, missed the cut.

Si Yajie finished fourth after fumbling in her fourth dive, earning 52.80 for a total of 340.80 points.

Si Yajie combined with Lin Shan to win gold in the 10m platform synchro event on Friday.

Pandelela is the only Malaysian representative after reigning world champion Cheong Jun Hoong managed fifth with 296.10 points.

Pandelela partnered Jun Hoong to take bronze in the 10m platform synchro event on Friday, capping a perfect end to their campaign in the prestigious series.

Pandelela will have to be at her best to end her medal drought in the individual final.

Besides Mi-rae, the Sarawak-born diver will have to fight it out with reigning Olympic champion Ren Qian of China, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games champion Melissa Wu of Australia and another North Korean Kim Kuk-hyang, the world champion in 2015.

Ren Qian qualified first from the second semi-final group (361.35) ahead of Melissa (358.60) and Kuk-hyang (350.90).

“It is a high-quality final field with Olympic and world championship winners present.

“If Pandelela can stay consistent, there is a chance to get a medal,” said coach Zhang Yukun.

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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 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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