Malaysian Divers Win Historic Silver Medal At The Rio Olympics
Some good news to start off your morning - we have our first medal at the Rio Olympics!
Divers Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong secured Malaysia's first medal at the Games with a silver medal in the women's 10m platform synchronised diving on Tuesday, 9 August
The dynamic duo scored a total of 344.34 points to finish second behind China’s Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia (354.55). Canada's Meaghan Benfeito-Roseline Filion settled for bronze with 336.18. The event was held at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio.
The pair consistently trailed on the Chinese throughout all five rounds of the event, and were joint-second after two dives!
They dropped to the third spot momentarily after the third dive but came back to contest for the silver medal after the fourth dive.
Pandelela and Jun Hoong couldn't be more ecstatic about winning the first medal for the country
“We are so proud to have won Malaysia’s first medal at this Olympics. There was pressure but we told ourselves to keep calm and focus on doing what we had been doing in training. I am so glad that our hard work has paid off,” the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist told New Strait Times.
However, hard work doesn't stop here as the pair still have a lot of work to put in for their individual events that'll be held throughout the week
They will be competing in the 10m platform individual on 17 August while Jun Hoong will also be competing in the 3m springboard on 12 August.
Great job, girls! And all the best for the coming events!