Malaysian diver Wendy Ng makes finals at Rio Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 — National diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee made a comeback trail to qualify for the finals of the women’s 3m springboard at the Rio Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, on Saturday.
Just scraping through into the semifinals of the best 18 after the preliminary round yesterday, Wendy eked out a better performance in the five mandatory dives to finish joint fifth with America’s Abigail Johnston.
The best 12 from the 18 divers in the semifinals cruised into the finals today.
Wendy, who finished 24th in the 2012 London Olympics, amassed 324.75 points to share the spot with Abigail, 60.25 points behind boardleader from China, Shi Tingmao while compatriot He Zi finished second with 364.05 points.
In the preliminary round, Wendy clinched the 17th spot to qualify for the semifinals and now she stands at a distance for a podium finish.
The 23-year-old diver, the 2015 Singapore Sea Games gold medallist, said she made a remarkable improvement from yesterday’s preliminary round and would pray for the perfect five dives in the final.
“Yesterday my three dives were bad and today, the first and third attempts were not really to my expectation. Hopefully, I will make amends in all the five dives tomorrow,” she said after the event.
Asked who she singled out as a contender, she said: “There are no contenders because the fight is within myself. The first two days have given me more confidence for the final showdown.”
“I pray I will not make mistakes in any of the dives because each dive is valuable,” she said.
She did not discount herself from giving a run for their money to others in the race.
Diving contributed the first and only medal so far for Malaysia through a silver by Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong in the women’s synchronised 10m platform last Tuesday. — Bernama