Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yeoh, it’s a breeze to the gold for Ken Nee and Bryan

PALEMBANG: Divers Yeoh Ken Nee and Bryan Nickson Lomas did not allow a weight difference of 16kg to stop them from preserving Malaysia’s excellent record in the men’s 3m springboard synchronised event at the SEA Games.

The duo breezed to a successful defence of the gold medal with 392.31 points at the Jakabaring Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Filipino pair Jaime Asok-Nino Carog Bedoya took the silver with 342.99 points while Indonesians Andriyan-Ahmad Sukran were third on 332.40.

It was the fifth time Malaysia had triumphed in the SEA Games in this discipline and Ken Nee had a hand in each of them.

High five: Yeoh Ken Nee (right) and Bryan Nickson Lomas showing off their gold medals after winning the 3m springboard syncro Monday.
He partnered Rossharisham Roslan to victory when synchronised diving made its debut at the 2001 Games in Kuala Lumpur. He took a break due to studies and did not compete in Hanoi two years later.
Ken Nee made a successful return to competition in Manila 2005 with Rossharisham and retained the title in Korat in 2007.
Rossharisham was forced to retire due a serious knee injury and Bryan was partnered with Ken Nee.
The new pairing continued Malaysia’s golden run in Laos two years ago.
The SEA Games stage is a stroll for the duo who claimed silver in the Guangzhou Asian Games and bronze in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games last year.

But Ken Nee said they had orders from head coach Yang Zhuliang to treat it like any major competition.
“He wanted us to maintain our performance and I’m glad we managed to do that,” said the 28-year-old Ken Nee, who is making his eighth SEA Games appearance.

“Bryan and I are actually not the ideal pair, compared to Rossharisham and me, as he is smaller and lighter. Bryan is only 54kg while I weigh 70kg and it is quite hard for us to synchronise our jumps.
“The judges can notice the difference when we take off but it’s all right at this level.”
Canny Ken Nee now has a chance to make it a double gold when he dives in the 3m springboard individual tomorrow.


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