All eyes on Sarawakian diving star Pandelela Rinong in Olympic Women’s 10m platform event tomorrow

Pandelala Rinong

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 3: Sarawak’s diving princess Pandelela Rinong is set to compete tomorrow (Aug 4) at 2pm local time in the Women’s 10m platform preliminaries of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

She is one of the 30 Olympians who will be diving for a place in the Women’s 10m platform final which is scheduled on Aug 5.

Among these 30 contestants is Pandelela’s long term teammate in 10m synchronised diving, Cheong Jun Hoong.

In 2012, Pandelela first caught the world’s attention when she won bronze in the 10m platform diving event at the London Olympics, making her the first female Malaysian athlete to win an Olympic medal.

She followed this up with a silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform diving event with teammate Jun Hoong at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

In May 2021, the pride of Kampung Kupuo Jugan in Bau once again showed her mettle when she won the nation’s first gold medal at the Fina Diving World Cup in women’s 10m platform diving final while also qualifying for the women’s 10m platform diving individual event for Tokyo 2020.

Apart from being the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal, Pandelela has also set many other ‘firsts’ for the nation in the international sporting arena.

Taking part in the Fina World Championships in 2009 for the first time, Pandelela won the bronze medal in the 10m platform synchronised diving event. This was also Malaysia’s first ever medal at the World Diving Championships.

At the tender age of 15, she was the youngest Malaysian female diver to qualify for a World Championship final, after finishing fifth in the 10m platform diving event.

Pandelela was also Malaysia’s first female flag bearer at the Olympics in the London 2012 Games. — DayakDaily