BY: Michelle Liew
Malaysia’s very own Pandelela Rinong has carved history by clinching Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal in the Diving World Cup.
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Pandelela, a two-time Olympic medalist, put on a stellar performance to defeat her rivals with a 355.70 total to claim victory in the women’s 10m platform individual event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
With the absence of contestants from China, Australia and North Korea, Pandelela had a great opportunity to grab her first-ever podium win in diving.
The two-time Olympic medalist showed strong character and composure to beat her rivals with a 355.70 total to win the women’s 10m platform individual event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre today.
?? Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia is crowned World Cup Champion ??in the Women’s 10m platform final, followed by ?? Matsuri Arai ? and ?? Caeli Mckay ?.
Enjoy the World Cup Champion’s winning dives from the final program.
— FINA (@fina1908) May 5, 2021
In the absence of China, Australia and North Korean divers, the opportunity was there for the 28-year-old to grab a first-ever podium win in diving.
The Sarawakian was a bronze medalist in the 2018 edition and improved her record this time with an incredible performance.
Trailing behind Pandelela is Japan’s Matsuri Arai, who finished strongly with 342.00 for the silver. Canada’s Caeli McKay claimed the bronze medal with a 338.55 total.
The day, however, belonged to Pandelela, a bronze medalist in the 2018 edition, who had earlier qualified from the semi-final in third spot with a score of 333.00.