KUALA LUMPUR: With China out of the equation, Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong did not disappoint as she romped to victory in the Australian Diving Grand Prix today.
Malaysia also finished runners up in three other events.
Pandelela's dives in the women's 10m platform individual event scored 72.00, 52.20, 70.40, 72.00 and 52.80 for a 319.40 total at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Canadian Celina Toth came in second on 310.20 while Australian Annarose Keating (285.65) completed the podium. Kimberly Bong settled for sixth on 237.45.
Pandelela had earlier teamed up with veteran Leong Mun Yee to clinch the silver in the 10m platform synchronised event with a total score of 287.10. Australian duo Melissa Wu-Taneka Kovchenko won on 300.24 while compatriots Brittany O'Brien and Annarose came in third with 281.34.
Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei settled for second in the men's 3m springboard synchronised event on 387.00. China's Cao Yuan- Xie Siyi (420.84) won while Ken Terauchi-Sho Sakai of Japan took bronze with 383.01.
Malaysia’s Jellson Jabillin and Cheong Jun Hoong were also second in the 10m mixed platform synchronised event with a score of 262.71, behind Britain’s Gemma McArthur-Lucas Thomson who won on 269.46.
National head coach Yang Zhuliang said he was satisfied with Pandelela's performances today.
"Yes, China did not compete in the women's 10m platform individual event but it was still quite a tough competition among the Commonwealth countries," said Zhuliang.
"Based on her performance here, she has a good chance of winning gold at the Commonwealth Games next year but it is still early days."