KUALA LUMPUR – National diving queen, Pandelela Rinong is prepared to partner any diver in the hunt for medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year.
Pandelela said she was not fussy who her partner was, but most importantly the diver must perform consistently in competitions.
“I can partner anyone but the person must be able to perform consistently. In addition, my partner must give (me) good co-operation. In this case, the coach will decide my partner. For me, senior or junior, they have their own forte and ability,” she told reporters recently.
The three major championships next year are Gold Coast (Australia) Commonwealth Games in April, Asian Games in Indonesia (August) and World Diving Cup (date and venue not decided yet).
The 24-year-old diver had paired with senior divers like Leong Mun Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong and had also partnered junior divers, namely, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Gabriel Gilbert Daim.
“So far, I have had hardworking partners who were consistent since they too had their own targets. To me, senior or back-up, both gave good commitment. The performances of young divers is getting better and I am confident they will raise their degree of difficulty (in diving) soon in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year,” she said.
Pandalela is the first Malaysian diver to win won the gold medal at the 2010 edition of the Commonwealth Games in India through the 10m platform.
Four years later, she won the silver medal in the same event and the bronze medal in the 10m platform synchronised event, partnering Nur Dhabitah Sabri in Glasgow, Scotland.
She won the silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform event with Leong Mun Yee and bronze medal in the 10m platform individual at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Pandalela also claimed a bronze medal in the 10m synchronised platform event with Mun Yee at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. – BERNAMA