Renewed hope as Pandelela impresses
By Vijesh Rai
LONDON: Maybe, just maybe, Malaysia may end the London Olympics with a second medal after diver Pandelela Rinong advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s 10m platform in an impressive second place on Wednesday.
Pandelela, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion in the same event, scored a total 349.00 points from five dives to finish behind China’s Chen Ruolin, who was in a class of her own with 392.35 points.
The China diver, barring the unexpected, will surely win the gold but Pandelela has given Malaysia reason to be excited after cyclist Azizulhasni Awang could only manage a sixth place finish in the keirin final on Tuesday.
Azizul, it was hoped, would add to the silver shuttler Lee Chong Wei won in the men’s singles on Sunday but Pandelela, who still has to navigate past the semi-finals on Thursday (5pm Malaysian time), may just deliver a medal.
Had it not been for a poor third dive which fetched only 52.80 points, Pandelela would have finished the preliminary round much closer to Chen Ruolin and a comfortable second ahead of Christin Steuer of Germany, who scored 341.75 points.
Traisy Vivien Tukiet, however, failed to advance to the semi-finals after finishing 22nd with 285.00 points. Only the top 18 advanced.
There is still work ahead though and Pandelela has to ensure that she advances to the final, scheduled for 2am Wednesday Malaysian time to launch an assault on a 10m platform medal after having finished seventh in the synchro with Leong Mun Yee and eighth in the 3m springboard synchro with Cheong Jun Hoong.
Somebody get the RM2mil ready to pay her…
Anak Sarawak dapat Bronze!
Anak Sarawak dapat Bronze!
Sarawak wins bronze! Many thanks to our heroine Pandelela. Sarawakians should be very proud of her.
…Pandelela makes Malaysian history with her Olympics bronze
LONDON, Aug 10 Diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg made national history today by winning an Olympic bronze medal in the womens diving 10m event, the countrys first non-badminton medal, and becoming the first Malaysian woman to win an Olympic medal.
Sarawak-born Pandelela took the bronze with a score of 359.2 points, only 7.3 points behind silver medallist Brittany Broben from Australia. Chinas Chen Roulin won the event with a stunning 422.3 points. Chen was in a league of her own from the beginning, leaving her nearest competitor by over 40 points midway through.
While never threatening Chens lead, the other divers were neck-and-neck with a nail-biting final round tally determining the silver-and-bronze. Pandelas medal chances seemed dim after mistakes in her first and third dives, but she made up for them with consistent scores in her other attempts.
Nineteen-year-old Pandelela joined the national diving team at 14, going on to rack up impressive achievements including becoming the first Malaysian to win a gold in diving at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi (10m platform).
She previously has won silvers (3-metre springboard and 10-metre springboard events) in the 2010 Youth Olympics held in Singapore. She is also this years National Sportswoman of the Year and the Malaysias first woman flagbearer at the Olympics this year.
Pandelelas bronze has brought the final Malaysian medal tally for the 2012 to two, adding to the sole silver from Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the mens badminton singles.
This year, Malaysia fielded 30 athletes in 9 sports: archery, athletics, badminton, cycling, diving, fencing, sailing, shooting and swimming.
All the best for her in future,
Actually she from Bau , Kuching …
yakah…i tot she is a mirian…
ahahahha.now semua mau claim pandelela…proud to be bidayuh la…proud to be sarawakian la…bauan la…
ok…so we don’t have any Baskin Robbin here…can we get something for free? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
somebody cut off his penis for Pandelela win that medal…ehehe
please chase away all politicians from capitalizing on her fame lest they destroy her bright future.