Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | | By: Febi

Malaysian Women Divers Fail To Deliver Much Awaited Medal

LONDON, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's hopes of grabbing the first medal from the 2012 Olympics were dashed as mistakes by Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee, starting in the third round, caused them to finish in seventh spot in Women's Synchronised 10 metre Platform final.

In the event held at the London Aquatics Centre here Tuesday, Pandelela and Mun Yee collected a total of 308.52 points to finish in the second last spot of spot out of eight participating countries.

In the first dicipline, the reverse dive, the Malaysian duo collected 52.80 points, back dive (54.00), forward 3 1/2 sommersault (70.20), inward 3 1/2 sommersault (60.48) and back 2 1/2 sommersault (71.04).

After securing third overall position in the second dicipline, the Malaysian duo seemed to lose concentration in the third dicipline which saw their rank drop to number five and finally they clinched the seven spot after the final dive event.

Chinese divers Chen Roulin and Wang Hao won the gold with 368.40 points, Mexica's Alejandra Crozco Loza and Paola Espinosa Sanchez grabbed the silver (343.32) while Roseline Filion/Meaghan Benfeito of Canada took the bronze (337.62).

Pandelela when met after the competition admitted Tuesday's performance was not their best as they were under a lot of pressure.

"We start making mistakes in the third dicipline and continued (to make mistakes) in the fourth and fifth (dives). After the third dicipline, we just continued what we had to do but it was too late to better our position," she said.

Mun Yee also admitted that after securing the third overall position in the second dicipline, they were under immense pressure to better it to ensure a medal.

"Its not that were not synchronised in our diving.

But the pressure, high expectations, seemed eat ourselves," she said.

Malaysia's national diving coach from China, Yang Zhuliang said it was not his charges best performance Tuesday.

"Too much pressure especially on Pandelela.

Maybe the higher expectation on her because she also will be taking part in the women's individual synchronised 10m platform on Friday," he said.

From Zulhilmi Supaat -- BERNAMA


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