Diving: a diver leaving for Hanoi wins two titles to meet Ipoh

PETALING JAYA: Versatility will be key to the success of diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who will compete in two totally different disciplines at the SEA Games in Hanoi.

The 22-year-old may have made a name for herself at the Tokyo Olympics last year on the individual 3m springboard where she finished an impressive fourth in the final, but it’s not the same event as she will compete in Hanoi next month.

Dhabitah was paired with Pandelela Rinong for the women’s 10m synchronized platform and she will also have to focus on securing gold for Malaysia in the individual 1m springboard as well.

Malaysia is hoping to wipe out the eight diving gold medals at stake.

And Dhabitah showed she was up for the challenge after winning the individual 1m springboard at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Ipoh yesterday.

The Kuala Lumpur-born diver collected 261.05 points to finish ahead of national teammate Ong Ker Ying.

Ker Ying, who is also from KL and is set to make his SEA Games debut next month, amassed 233.15 points.

Another national diver, Kimberly Bong, earned the bronze medal with 189.50 points.

Dhabitah also combined with Pandelela to win the women’s synchronized 10m platform title with 308.76 points.

Dayang Nursharzyra-Nur Eilisha Rania of Sarawak was second with 233.19 points.

For Dhabitah, competing in the synchronized 10m platform is not a totally new experience as she teamed up with Pandelela to win bronze in the event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Dhabitah also combined with Leong Mun Yee to win gold in the same event in his SEA Games debut in Myanmar in 2013.

“I just hope I can put in my best performance at the SEA Games like what I did in training because I haven’t competed with Pandelela for a long time.

“We also haven’t participated in any competitions this year and it’s a good update to see areas where we can improve before the start of the SEA Games.

“I will do my best to win the gold medals for Malaysia,” the diver said with a bright smile.

Jellson Jabilin-Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya also appears to have earned the right to compete in the men’s 10m platform synchro event after winning the competition yesterday.

The duo, from Sabah, came out on top with 418.95 points ahead of their national teammates Rhodict Bertrand-Enrique Maccartney Harold (399.00).

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