A core group of highly experienced Malaysian divers will be tucking and twisting taheir way to greatness this month when they take to the platforms and springboards.In order to execute the exceedingly complex movements before hitting the water, divers must possess many of the same attributes as gymnasts and dancers. This airborne choreography has become one of the most popular sports to watch at any large-scale event and it’s not hard to see why. Make sure to catch this year’s national team to see how it’s done.
The Diving Queen Pandelela Rinong Sport: Diving Born: 2 March 1993 Height: 1.61m Weight: 52kg Silver – 2016 Olympics; Bronze – 2015 World Aquatics Championships; Bronze – 2012 Olympics Gold – 2010 Commonwealth Games; Bronze – 2009 World Aquatics Championships.Malaysia’s diving queen, Pandelela Rinong is set to prove once again why she is arguably the region’s top diver.
The Sarawak-born athlete, together with fellow diver Cheong Jun Hoong, made history last year when they became the first Malaysian women’s team to walk away with a silver medal at the Olympics (she had an aquatic centre named after her for the effort!).
That wasn’t the first time she made history though, as in 2015, she also became the first Malaysian to finish on the podium in an individual event in the World Aquatics Championships. Rinong has become a national icon, winning Sportswoman of the Year for multiple organisations.
SEA Games KL2017 Aquatics – Diving When: 26-30 August 2017 Where: National Aquatic Centre, KL Sport City, Bukit Jalil GPS: Get Directions