Tuesday March 19, 2013
After missing Beijing meet, diver Mun Yee aims to do well in Dubai
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: A stomach ailment kept Leong Mun Yee (pic) out of the opening leg of the FINA Diving World Series in Beijing last week but she will be back in action when the series resume in Dubai this weekend.
Mun Yee’s return to partner Pandelela Rinong will boost Malaysia’s chances of grabbing a medal in the women’s 10m platform synchro considering the duo have made it to the podium in the prestigious series last year and were also bronze medallist at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
Diving head coach Yang Zhuliang said Mun Yee was hospitalised for two weeks after coming down with a virus infection while the divers were training in Guangzhou.
“She had to stay in hospital and was out of training.
They had to monitor her situation. She has recovered but I left her out of the Beijing leg as a precaution.
“Mun Yee will be going to Dubai and we check on her condition during training. But she should be back to partner Pandelela for the 10m platform synchro in this weekend’s competition,” said Zhuliang from Beijing.
Cheong Jun Hoong partnered Pandelela in Mun Yee’s absence and the scratch pairing finished fifth in the final in Beijing.
Pandelela, however, managed to claim a bronze medal behind Meaghan Benfeito of Canada and reigning world and Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China in the 10m platform individual final.
It was Pandelela’s fourth medal in the prestigious series, which has been expanded to six legs this year.
Zhuliang was happy with Pandelela’s performance and felt there is room for improvement.
“She was not at her best as this was her first competition since her bronze medal effort at the London Olympics last August. It is very close among the five or six top divers at the moment.
“Pandelela must work harder to improve her performance as she has a reputation and others will be out to beat her.”
Jun Hoong will partner Wendy Ng Yan Yee for the women’s 3m springboard synchro, where they finished fourth in Beijing last weekend.
Ahmad Amsyar will partner Chew Yiwei for the men’s 3m springboard synchro. Ooi Tze Liang was slated to make his debut alongside Yiwei but the plan was changed after he injured his ankle during training in Guangzhou.