Bronze fin­ish for duo

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER

Pan­delela Ri­nongCheong Jun Hoong pro­duced another su­perb per­for­mance for a podium fin­ish yes­ter­day in the sec­ond leg of the World Div­ing Se­ries in Guangzhou, China.

The Malaysian duo, who won sil­ver in the first leg in Bei­jing last week, scored a to­tal of 332.46 points for the bronze medal in the women’s 10m platform syn­chro.

The Rio Olympic Games sil­ver medal­lists could have won their sec­ond sil­ver but two low scor­ing dives in the end al­lowed North Korea’s Kim Kuk Hyang-Kim Mi Rae to over­take them.

China’s Ren Qian-Chang Yani, as ex­pected, claimed the gold with 347.82 points.

Malaysia are now level with North Korea on the over­all stand­ings with 45 points af­ter two podium fin­ishes.

Favourites China lead the eight-na­tion stand­ings on 54 points.

Na­tional coach Yang Zhu­liang, when con­tacted, said: “The per­for­mance to­day (yes­ter­day) is bet­ter com­pared to the first leg in Bei­jing where they only scored 316.08.

“The North Kore­ans ex­e­cuted a very clean fi­nal at­tempt to deny us the sil­ver.

“The North Korean pair may be new but I think they are a threat to us in the com­ing events.”

The re­main­ing legs of the Div­ing Se­ries af­ter Guangzhou will be in Kazan, Rus­sia on March 31April 2 and Windsor, Canada on April 21-23.

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