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Jun Hoong Wins Malaysia's First Diving Gold Medal At The World Aquatics Championships

She clinched the nation's first ever diving gold medal at the event in Budapest on Wednesday, 19 July.

Cover image via Malay Mail Online / Zimbio

Another win for Malaysia!

National diver Cheong Jun Hoong has made history by winning Malaysia's first ever diving gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest yesterday in the women's 10m platform event.

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Jun Hoong was ranked fourth after the first two dives. She surged to the lead in the third round and followed with her best dive of the competition. Four of the seven judges gave her a perfect 10.

The 28-year-old from Perak finished with 397.50 points, followed by China's Si Yajie with 396.00 points.

"My god, I’m a world champion!”

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She never expected to beat the Chinese, who traditionally dominate the diving competition.

"My god, I’m a world champion! I hoped for a medal, but I didn't think I could beat the Chinese divers," she said as quoted by Malay Mail Online.

Jun Hoong had already won a medal in Budapest, taking bronze in the synchronised platform event with teammate Pandelela Rinong

The duo produced a commendable performance to clinch the women's 10m platform bronze medal at the event on Sunday. They posted a five-dive total of 328.74 points.

Watch Jun Hoong's winning dive below:

Malaysia’s Jun Hoong Cheong scored a dramatic upset victory ov...

https://youtu.be/CJe0W1WkEW0 - Golden glory for Malaysia’s Cheong Jun Hoong 张俊虹 in shock win over Chinese favourites is the #SamsungFINA2017 "Play of the Day" video! CONGRATS, Cheong! #FINABudapest2017 #FINAworlds #diving #10mplatform

Posted by FINA on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What an achievement! We're so proud of you, Jun Hoong!

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A few days ago, national sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan broke the oldest Malaysian Athletics record: