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Diving Duo Snags Malaysia’s First Olympic Medal

Congratulations Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong!

Diving Duo Snags Malaysia’s First Olympic Medal
Image: The Star
This morning, Malaysians had something uplifting to start their day – good news from Rio de Janerio. Malaysian divers, Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong created history after winning Malaysia’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The pair won the silver medal in the women's synchronized 10m platform at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.
Image: The Star
Pandelela had previously won a medal in the previous London Olympics when she placed third in the women’s 10m platform. She also became the first Malaysian female to win an Olympic medal and also the first Malaysian to win in a sport other than badminton. This is Cheong Jun Hoong’s first Olympic win.

The dynamic duo had consistent dives throughout all five rounds, although they were initially trailing in third place during the third round. They redeemed themselves and gave a splashing (or minimal-splashing) performance that earned them the second spot. Pandelela-Jun Hoong finished strongly with 344.34 points behind China’s Chen Roulin-Liu Huixia’s who bagged the gold medal with 354.00 points. Canadian pair, Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won the bronze medal with 336.18 points.
Image: The Star
Image: The Star
“We are so proud to have won Malaysia’s first medal at this Olympics,” Pandelela told NST. “There was pressure but we told ourselves to keep calm and focus on doing what we had been doing in training. I am so glad that our hard work has paid off,” she added.

Jun Hoong, on the other hand said that she was trying to put behind her 3m springboard synchronized loss and focus on the next events. “I told myself to forget what had happened in the 3m event and to focus on the 10m platform. Every day is a new day and my focus was on performing in the 10m platform,” she said.

Our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak congratulated our silver medalists via his Twitter account.
Other Malaysians who were beaming with pride also extended their heartfelt congratulations to the Malaysian divers through Twitter.

Their Olympic journey does not end here though, both of them are scheduled to compete in the 10m platform individual on the 17th of August and Jun Hoong will be participating in the women’s 3m springboard on Friday.