SINGAPORE(Tez News) Malaysia won its first gold in diving on Saturday (Jun 6) when Cheung Jun Hoong impressed the judges in Women’s 3m Springboard at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Cheong beat her rival divers from Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam with her impressive technical manoeuvres throughout the competition, which drew hearty cheers from Malaysian supporters around the pool.
“I’ve practised for so many years, more than ten years I think. I’d like to thank my coach. If there is no him, there is no me. That’s all. That’s what I’m proud of,” said Cheong after scoring 349.65 points.
The 25-year-old’s team-mate Ng Yan Yee came second, striking a silver medal for a score of 309.20, followed by Singapore’s Fong Kay Yian, who scored 258.90
For many Malaysians at the OCBC Aquatic Centre this afternoon, the gold medal has made them all proud. “It makes me proud and I think Malaysia is proud. The gold medalist is my senior and I’ve given her full support,” said a 16-year-old diver from Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang (right) and Chew Yiwei celebrate the gold medal on the podium.
Right after Cheong’s victory, male duo Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei won another gold for Malaysia in Men’s 10m Synchronised Platform.
“We trained in China for a month. It was an intensive training. Today we did alright. We got the gold and we are happy. We are very happy,” said Chew.
“Today will be the past very fast. So I have to focus on my other events,” said Ooi. The duo beat Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar with a score of 404.37.