Mun Yee misses semis in diving
LEONG Mun Yee performs her diving routine in the 10m platform preliminary round in the Olympic Games yesterday. - Bernamapix.
SYDNEY Sept 22 - Brunei SEA Games silver medalist Leong Mun Yee fumbled her fourth dive and missed a historic semifinal berth in the women's 10m platform preliminary round on the opening day of the diving event in the Olympic Games here today.
Placed 15th after her third dive, Mun Yee, failed to execute a reverse two-and-half somersault routine in the fourth dive and her ranked plunged to 33rd before the final and fifth dive.
Only the top 18 divers after five dives qualify for the semifinals.
Mun Yee, 16, was ranked 31st after the first attempt with 49.29 points. She earned 54.60 points in her second dive and this was followed by 57.42 points in her third, making the lass within striking distance for the semifinals.
She however bungled the fourth dive and was awarded a poor 13.77 points. This plunged her to 33rd spot.
Despite being awarded 52.20 points for the final dive, Mun Yee's total of 227.28 points only brought her the 34th placing.
Mun Yee, who is suffering from fever, expressed disappointment over her performance.
"I'm disappointed with the dive ... I always have problems in executing the reverse two-and-half somersault," she said after her event.
She will compete in the 3m springboard on Sept 27.
Meanwhile, on the final day of the swimming competition at the International Aquatic Centre, the Malaysian swimmers failed to break any national records.
Marilyn Chua failed to rewrite her national record in the women's 50m freestyle event when she clocked 27.66s in the fourth heat to be ranked 52nd among 73 swimmers.
United States-based Marilyn, 20, set the national record of 27.16s in J. Evans Championships in Los Angeles, in July.
In the men's 1,500m freestyle, Dieung Manggang, was almost a minute slower than his personal best to finish 36th in the heats.
Dieung, who finished third in heat two clocked a poor 16:02.11s, below his personal best of 15:57.47s.
In the men's 4x100m medley relay, the Malaysian quartet of Lim Keng Liat, Elvin Chia, Anthony Ang and Allen Ong failed to break the national record when they finished 3:48.32s.
The national mark is 3:29.62s, set at the Brunei SEA Games last year.
The Malaysian quartet were placed last out of 22 teams in the heats. - Bernama