Malaysia got off to a flying start in the diving events by taking the gold and the silver in the women’s 3m springboard at the New Clark City Aquatics Center on Friday.
And it was redemption time for Wendy Ng Yan Yee when she clinched the gold medal with 235.90 points – ahead of compatriot Jasmine Lai Pui Yee who garnered 192.75 for the silver for a 1-2 finish for Malaysia.
The bronze went to Ngo Phuong Mai of Vietnam with a 185.25 tally.
The gold in Clark City meant Wendy regained the ‘gold’ that was taken away from her at the last Sea Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017 when she was tested positive for sibutramine (for weight loss). This is the sixth biennial games for the 26-year-old Malaysian.
It was certainly a long, long redemption journey for Wendy who endured a late flight to Manila followed by another three hours on the road. After the “nightmare” outing two years ago, Wendy is seeing many positives in her comeback.
She is also Tokyo-bound for the 2020 Olympics after clinching a berth at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwanju in July. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH