Friday, December 14, 2007

Sea Games: Diving into history

YEOH Ken Nee rewrote SEA Games history by winning the men’s 3m springboard individual title for the fourth time, beating team-mate Rossharisham Roslan to the gold medal at the Aquatics Centre in the Korat Sports Complex yesterday.

Leong Mun Yee also made it a grand day for Malaysia, bagging the other gold at stake for the day in the women’s 1m springboard individual competition. Elizabeth Jimie also bounced back from a poor performance in the 3m springboard competition the previous day to take bronze for Malaysia.

As the defending champion, Ken Nee started as the favourite yesterday. But he faced a strong challenge from Rossharisham, who was the leader after the first two rounds.

Ken Nee took over with a third dive, which earned him 76.50. He went on to take the gold with a six-dive total of 444.05.

Golden splash: Leong Mun Yee in action during the women's 1m springboard yesterday. Mun Yee won the gold.
Rossharisham settled for silver on 436.65 ahead of Filipino Zardo Domenios (407.40).

“I did not use a high degree of difficulty and I am satisfied with my performance here. Rossharisham gave me a tough fight today and he is constantly making improvement,” said the 24-year-old Ken Nee.

The 3m individual springboard competition yesterday also exposed the antiquated diving board. Thailand’s Meerit Insawang and Filipino Carog Nino hit the board in their first and fifth attempts respectively.

Meerit was lucky to escape unhurt but Carog needed medical attention after scraping his leg against the board.

“The springs is stiffer and it is dangerous if the divers try to execute a high degree of difficulty,” said Ken Nee.

Mun Yee also successfully defended her 1m springboard title by garnering a total of 278.30 points.

And Filipina Sheila Mae Perez, who beat Mun Yee to the 3m springboard gold on Wednesday, pipped Elizabeth to the silver on her last attempt.

She had a total of 265.80 against 263.10 for Elizabeth.

Malaysia are expected to boost up their gold medal tally today.

Five finals will be contested in the men’s and women’s 3m springboard synchronised, women’s 10m platform synchronised, men’s 1m springboard and 10m platform individual.


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