Sarawak diving queen Pandelela wins 10m bronze at World Aquatic Championships in Hungary

Pandelela celebrates her medal after the 10m dive event during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships. Photo credit: Dr Sim's Facebook page

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KUCHING, June 28: Sarawak diving ace Datuk Pandelela Rinong has won the bronze medal in the women’s 10-metre platform event at the 19th World Aquatics Championships (Fina WAC 2022) in Budapest, Hungary, bringing further glory to Malaysia.

According to a national daily, the 29-year-old scored 338.85 points at the end of the five-dive final for the bronze medal on Monday (June 27) evening at the Duna Arena.

As per the report, Chen Yuxi narrowly defeated her Chinese compatriot and Tokyo Olympic champion Quan Hongchan to retain her women’s 10m platform individual title with 417.25 points.

Furthermore, Hongchan, who led after the first two rounds, settled for silver with 416.95 points.

“The bronze is the sixth world championship medal for Pandelela. Altogether, she has won a total of one silver and five bronze medals from seven world championships appearances.

“Pandelela, from Sarawak, debuted at the prestigious World Championships in Rome in 2009, winning bronze with partner Leong Mun Yee in the women’s 10m platform synchro.

“Mohd Syafiq Puteh and Chew Yiwei missed out on the top 18 semi-finals after finishing 35th (327.35) and 51st (255.65) in the preliminary round, respectively,” it reported.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian congratulated Pandelela in a Facebook post today for winning bronze at the 19th World Aquatics Championships (Fina WAC 2022) – 10m platform individual event in Budapest, noting that Sarawak is proud of her accomplishment. — DayakDaily