RIO DE JANEIRO – Silver medallist, Cheong Jun Hoong failed to qualify for the 3m springboard semifinals of the diviing competition after a shocked exit in the preliminary round at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre here on Friday.
After Tuesday’s victory with Pandelala Rinong in the synchronised 10m Platform which earned Malaysia its first medal in Olympics here, she failed to sustain a commendable show when she started on the wrong foot on the board.
Jun Hoong admitted that mistakes in the first three dives cost her a place among 18 divers qualified for the semifinal stage tomorrow.
The 26-year-old university student ended up in 21st position among 29 divers in the race while Wendy Ng Yan Yee saved the day for the diving team when she made it into the next stage in 17th spot.
A total of 29 divers are vying for places in the next round.
Jun Hoong collected a total of 282.25 points in the mandatory five dives while Wendy, who finished 24th in the 2012 London Olympics, amassed 299.05 points, a vast 73.95 points behind top ranked Canadian, Jennifer Abel.
“I tried my best in the last two dives but could not catch up in the points,” said Jun Hoong, who expressed dismay at being unable to make it into the next round.
Of the 18 in the semifinals tomorrow, the top 12 will go into the final round the following day.
Meanwhile, Wendy said she was happy to make the cut as her first and final dives were not good, which did not allow her to score points. – BERNAMA