It’s another historic moment for Malaysia!
National diver Cheong Jun Hoong won the country’s first ever diving gold medal in the women’s 10 metre platform event at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday (19th July).
Cheong came in first with 397.50 points, beating China’s Si Yajie and Ren Qian, who took silver and bronze with 396.00 points and 391.95 points respectively.
“My god, I’m a world champion! I hoped for a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers,” shared the Malaysian diver.
According to The Star, the 28-year-old sportswoman, who has been struggling with injuries, is a surprise entry for the individual platform and was ranked 4th after the first 2 dives. “It was an unexpected comeback for Jun Hoong considering she was the 7th ranked diver in the final based on the results from the semi-finals stage,” reported the daily.
Prior to her historic win, Cheong and fellow teammate Pandelela Rinong cinched bronze in the women’s 10m platform synchro final at the championships on Sunday (16th July).
Congratulations, Cheong Jun Hoong! We’re so proud of you :)