MALAYSIA dominated diving with a 1-2 finish in the women's 10m platform at the National Sports Complex in Vientiane yesterday through Sarawak duo Pandelela Rinong and Traisy Vivien Tukiet.
Pandelela, 16, started as the hot favourite, having finished fifth in this event at the World Championships in Rome in August and she did not disappoint.
She led the points scoring in each of the five dives to bag a 362.95 total from the judges for her first individual Sea Games gold medal after delivering the 10m platform synchronised gold in Korat two years ago, partnering Cheong Jun Hoong.
Traisy, 15, the Asian Junior Championships bronze medallist in this event, recovered from a fairly average first dive to score a total of 334.65 for her first Sea Games medal on her debut.
Both Malaysians were clearly a notch above the rest of the field, leaving Thailand's Sukruthai Tommaoros, who scored a 281.90 total, to pip Indonesia's Della Dinasari for the bronze.
Despite the result seeming a foregone conclusion before the start of the event, national coach Yang Zhuliang had made it a point to keep his divers motivated. Pandelela duly accepted the challenge.
|Pandelela Rinong (left) and Traisy Vivien Tukiet.|