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Sarawakians, let’s all pray for Pandelela Rinong

OUR Sarawakian diving queen Pandelela Rinong has reignited Malaysia’s prospects of winning another medal at the London Olympics!

She is in fantastic form and has managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 10m individual platform in second place.

Yes, she was second out of the 18 divers who qualified.

Pandelela scored 349.35 points to finish behind China’s Chen Ruolin, who accumulated 392.35 points.

It won’t be an easy task today to qualify for the finals.

Christin Steuer of Germany took third and with 341.75 points, she’s hot on Pandelela’s heels.

Anything could happen and realistically all Pandelela has to do is fluff one dive like she did for her third attempt yesterday and she might not be able to recover.

It was an armstand back double sommersault and 1 1/2 twist, in which she only managed 52.80 points.

Do I believe she can find the spirit of the champion within and qualify for the finals?

ABSOLUTELY! She’s Pandelela Rinong and she’s AWESOME!

I don’t know about you but I will definitely be praying for Pandelela and cheering her on.

I hope Pandelela realises how proud we are of her already.

The semi-finals will begin at 10am London time or 5pm here.

As she qualified in second place, Pandelela will be the second last on the list to dive.

If she makes it to the finals (and we’re all praying that she will), that will be at 7pm London time or 2am Malaysian time.

We believe in you Anak Sarawak.

Well done also to fellow Sarawakian Traisy Vivien Tukiet.

She finished in 22nd place out of 26th divers in the preliminary round.

As she collected just 285.00 points, she did not make the cut to advance to the semi-finals of 18 divers.

However, at 18, Traisy has the opportunity to grow and become a real contender in Rio.

Hey she’s still the top 22 diver in the world!

Another Sarawakian to look out for is Bryan Nickson Lomas.

He will be the last Malaysian to compete at the London Olympics.

Bryan will compete in the men’s 10m platform individual tomorrow.

All the best Anak Sarawak. Shine on!

The Bernama report:

Pandelela In Fiery Form
From Zulhilmi Supaat

LONDON, Aug 9 (Bernama) — Pandelela Rinong has revived Malaysia’s hopes of securing a second medal at the London Olympics after displaying a sterling performance in qualifying for the semifinals of the women’s individual platform diving event at the Aquatics Centre here Wednesday.

Pandelela, from Sarawak, collected 349.35 points to finish in second spot in the preliminary round today, behind the leader, China’s Chen Ruolin who accumulated 392.35 points.

The 19-year-old could have been the top qualifier but made a mistake in her third dive, an armstand back double sommersault and 1 1/2 twist, in which she only managed 52.80 points.

Competing in her second Olympics after the Beijing Games of 2008, Pandelela amended her mistake by collecting 81.60 points in the fourth dive.

However, Traisy Vivien Tukiet, the other Malaysian diver in the running for a semifinal berth, failed to make the cut after finishing in 22nd place out of 26th divers in the preliminary round.

Traisy, 18, also from Sarawak, collected 285.00 only points. Only the top 18 divers advance to the semis.

The national contingent have only won one medal, a silver, so far at the London Games.

It was won by Datuk Lee Chong Wei who beat archrival Lin Dan of China in the final of the badminton men’s singles competition.

In other developments, Datuk Naim Mohamad has voiced his intention to step down as the deputy president of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation in taking responsibility for the national cycling contingent’s poor performance at this Games.

The contingent failed to win any medals despite being deemed as medal prospects. Naim is also the contingent’s manager.

Thursday, Pandelela will be in action in the semis of the 10m platform while national long distance swimmer Heidi Gan will be competing in the 10 kilometre swimming marathon.

Meanwhile, Bryan Nickson Lomas, the last Malaysian to be competing at this Games, which ends on Sunday, will be beginning his challenge in the men’s 10m platform individual diving competition on Friday.

— BERNAMA

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