A MEDAL was unlikely but Yeoh Ken Nee did Malaysia proud at the Aquatic Centre diving pool yesterday when he qualified for the 3m springboard final.Ken Nee only just made it, occupying the 12th and final spot for the medals decider scheduled for late yesterday but the Malaysian, in his final Olympics, could bask in his achievement as he met the target he had set himself.
Ken Nee's appearance was a first for Malaysia although there had been national participation in the synchronised events, where the top eight world ranked pairs qualified automatically for the respective finals.
Ken Nee scored a total 441.65 from his six dives in the semi-final and was targeting as high a finish as possible in the final, which was held late yesterday.
He had finished in 10th place in the first round, scoring a total 452.60 points from his six dives.
Naturalised Malaysian Huang Qiang, however, just missed out on a place in the semi-finals when he finished 19th with 433.85 points.
Meanwhile, Pandelela Rinong and Traisy Vivien Tukiet will attempt to emulate Ken Nee in the women's 10m platform preliminary today.
Pandelela, who finished seventh in the 10m platform synchro with Leong Mun Yee and eighth in the 3m springboard synchro with Cheong Jun Hoong, is determined to make the final and end her Olympics campaign on a high note.
The Malaysians have to finish in the top 18 to advance to the semi-finals and the top 12 to make the final, both of which will be held tomorrow.