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Commonwealth Games: China’s absence is no easy medal guarantee, says Panderella

Panderella said great attention should be paid to the divers from the three nations as it will be a tough challenge for medals when the competition starts on 4 August at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre, Birmingham. said. — Photo via Facebook

Saturday, July 30, 2022 13:53 MYT

SEPANG, 30 July – With traditional power China out of the diving pool, Australia, Canada and England divers from their nations chase medal glory at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in the UK will pose a threat to

National Diving Queen Datuk Panderera Linong Pamgu said divers from the three nations will have a tough challenge for medals when the competition kicks off on 4 August at Birmingham’s Sandwell Aquatic Centre, so they’ll be paying close attention. said there was a need.

“My focus is to secure the team and I will do my best because there are countries (Australia, Canada, England) that will challenge in the absence of China,” she said at the end of the day at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). I met with reporters at night.

A silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, she said last month’s performance at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, motivated her to continue her best diving.

At the World Championships, Panderella defeated challengers from the Commonwealth of Nations to win two bronze medals in the 10m (m) individual platform event and the 10m synchronized platform event with teammate Noor Davita Sabri.

In Budapest, Panderella had to congratulate two young Chinese divers on their performance. They won gold and silver in her 10m individual high jump, but the Chinese pair also won gold in her 10m synchronized platform, with silver going to the United States. .

However, Canada’s Kaeli McKay-Meghan Benfeit pair, who won gold in the 2021 World Cup 10m synchronized diving and finished fourth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, did not participate in Budapest.

“For me, the Commonwealth Games is more than just a competition….Based on my experience, anything can happen. I hope luck is on my side and the Malaysian diving team.” said Panderella.

The Malaysian Olympic Council (MOM) has set diving as one of the gold medal contenders in Birmingham, along with badminton, lawn bowl, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics and weightlifting.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which officially kicked off last Thursday, will run through August 8 and will feature approximately 6,500 athletes from 72 countries and territories.

The 161-strong Malaysian national team is made up of 104 athletes, 44 officials and 13 staff members. —Bernama

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