Diving: Wendy hopes to find spring in her reunion process with Dhabitah
PETALING JAYA: Wendy Ng Yan Yee hopes to lift the ghost of last year’s painful World Cup result when she reunites with Nur Dhabitah Sabri in the women’s 3m springboard synchronized event.
The two divers bound for the Commonwealth Games will be the last two Malaysians to see action on the final day of the World Championships today at Duna Arena in Budapest.
This will be the first time in over a year that the two will face off as a duo.
They savored their finest outing together when they took silver at the Asian Games in Indonesia in 2018, but then missed out on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after finishing 15th in the World Cup preliminary round in Tokyo in May last year.
But Wendy can take inspiration from Dhabitah, who is brimming with confidence after winning bronze in the women’s 10m synchro with Pandelela Rinong on Thursday.
“Sixth or seventh place would have been enough for us to earn a quota spot at the Tokyo Olympics, but we missed it after the first three dives,” Wendy said.
“We are determined to do better this time. It will be difficult to fight for a medal, but what is important is to see where we are compared to our Commonwealth Games rivals, in particular England, Australia and Great Britain.
“If we can do that we have a chance of winning a medal in Birmingham (July 27-August 8),” said the 28-year-old, who finished eighth with Dhabitah in the last world encounter in Gwangju. , South Korea, in 2019.
Wendy teamed up with young Ong Ker Ying at the Vietnam SEA Games in May and they won gold for Malaysia in the event
Diving coach Li Rui, however, is banking on experience to bring Wendy and Dhabitah back into the 3m synchro springboard for the Commonwealth Games leg.
Chang Yani-Cheng Yiwen is set to continue China’s proud winning streak by defending the women’s 3m springboard title as she seeks to take over from two-time Olympic Games champion Shi Tingmao-Wang Han.
Australia and Germany are also expected to battle hard for the podium places.
Australia will field the very experienced pair Maddison Keeney-Annabelle Smith, bronze medalists in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Germany will count on Lena Hentschel-Tina Punzel, also bronze medalists at the Tokyo Olympics. last year.