Though national women’s diver, Nur Dhabitah Sabri did not make it to the medal podium at the Olympics, she certainly won the hearts and admiration of all Malaysians.
She placed fourth recently in the women’s 3m individual springboard final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, which was won by China’s Shi Tingmao, the overwhelming favourite with 383.50 points.
Shi’s compatriot Wang Han settled for silver with 348.75 while American Krysta Palmer took bronze with 343.75 points.
The 22-year-old Malaysian produced her performance of the season, scoring 326.15 points to finish fourth at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.
It was so far Nur Dhabitah’s best showing in an Olympic final, surpassing her ninth place in the 10m platform individual event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Among those who joined in to congratulate her was Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who, on his official Facebook page said although she did not win a medal, Nur Dhabitah’s unwavering spirit and solid performance was a delight to watch.
“Qualifying for the finals and coming in fourth place out of 12 participants in the most prestigious sporting event, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, is also a success that you should be proud of.
“Do not be sad. There’s still a long journey ahead of you. There is still much you can achieve, including in the next edition of the Olympics. Smile Nur Dhabitah!” he said.
Netizens have since praised Nur Dhabitah for her effort, saying she was truly an inspiration to all Malaysians.
“Making it to the Olympics is already a great achievement. You have made us proud.
“You are such a joy to watch. Stay strong … you have a great future ahead,” were among the comments from netizens.