Cheong claims first gold for Malaysia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Malaysian Cheong Jun Hoong up­staged China’s goldmedal hope­fuls in Wednes­day’s fi­nal of the women’s 10me­ter plat­form at the World Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest.

The 27-year-old Cheong up­set Si Ya­jie and Ren Qian to be­come the first Malaysian to win a world div­ing ti­tle.

The Chi­nese col­lapse evoked mem­o­ries of the 2015 worlds in Kazan, where Ren was beaten by DPR Korea’s Kim Kukhyang on the fi­nal dive.

Ren sat atop the rank­ings af­ter two dives in the Hun­gar­ian cap­i­tal, scor­ing 64.35 for her 207C move in the third round.

Cheong, how­ever, took 81.60 points on her third at­tempt to seize the lead and sealed gold with solid dives in the next two rounds, fin­ish­ing with a to­tal of 397.50 points.

“I re­ally didn’t think I would fin­ish first. Maybe top three,” beamed Cheong.

“I didn’t even see the score­board be­cause I re­ally needed to fo­cus on ev­ery dive. That’s why I ig­nored the score­board. Af­ter the last dive, when I came out and saw my top rank­ing, I was kind of shocked.”

Run­ner-up Si fin­ished 1.50 points be­hind Cheong, while Ren, who has claimed two golds in the syn­chro­nized plat­form over the last week, took bronze with a to­tal of 391.95.

“I was sat­is­fied with my per­for­mance in other two events, while feel­ing kind of dis­ap­pointed with to­day’s re­sult,” said the 16-year-old Ren. “Cheong did re­ally well to­day.”

Si, who won gold in 2013 and was fourth two years later in Rus­sia, ad­mit­ted she wasn’t ex­pect­ing Cheong’s per­for­mance.

“My per­for­mance was nor­mal, but I lacked a lit­tle luck to­day,” she added.

Mean­while, Ash­ley Twichell of the US clocked 59 min­utes and 7 sec­onds to win the women’s 5km open-water swim. China’s Lei Shan and Qu Fang ranked 17 th and 34th re­spec­tively.

Rus­sia’s Svet­lana Kolesnichenko clinched the fourth syn­chro­nized swim­ming gold of the tour­na­ment as she tri­umphed in the women’s solo with 96.1333 points.

Spain’s Ona Car­bonell took sil­ver at 95.0333, while bronze went to Anna Voloshyna, of Ukraine, with a score of 93.3000.

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