Thursday, November 17, 2011

SEA GAMES: Yeoh Ken Nee Bags Fifth Gold For Malaysia In Diving

PALEMBANG, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Diving is proving to be a goldmine for Malaysia at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.

Wednesday, Yeoh Ken Nee bagged Malaysia's fifth diving gold in the men's 3m springboard at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre here.

Yeoh, 28, scored 458.15 points overall after six dives to clinch the gold, making it his 15th gold medal in diving in the SEA Games.

"At first, I was expecting a tough fight from the hosts and the Filipinos, but I might have been lucky because I went for a higher DD (degree of difficulty," he told the Malaysia media.

His compatriot Ahmad Amsyar Azhar secured the bronze with 397.30 points while Akhmad Sukran Jamjami won the gold for the hosts after collecting 401.86 points.

Ahmad Amsyar, 19, who is making his SEA Games debut, admitted that he was a bundle of nerves and that this had affected his focus and confidence.

"It's like a cauldron here. The home fans are so hostile. One has to be mentally very strong to compete in this conditions," said Ahmad Amsyar, who hails from Perlis and has been diving since the age of 12.

He added that he needed to work harder to improve his quality of diving as he wanted to qualify for next year's London Olympics.


From Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

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