Pandelela wins first-ever diving World Cup gold

File Photo: Pandelela Rinong shows her gold medal after the women's 10m platform final at the FINA Diving World Cup and test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 5, 2021. Photo: Behrouz Mehri |AFP

KUCHING: Malaysia’s diving queen Pandelela Rinong clinched the country’s first-ever gold medal in the FINA Diving World Cup 2021.

The 28-year-old Sarawakian, a two-time Olympic medallist showed true grit to beat her rival Japan’s Matsuri Arai with a 355.70 total to win the women’s 10m platform individual event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre today.

Arai finished with 342.00 for the silver while Canada’s Caeli McKay settled for bronze with a 338.55 total.

Pandelela also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held from July 23 to Aug 8.

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(From left) Silver medallist Matsuri Arai of Japan, gold medallist Pandelela Rinong of Malaysia and bronze medallist Caeli Mckay of Canada stand on the podium after the women’s 10m platform final at the FINA Diving World Cup and test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 5, 2021. Photo: Behrouz Mehri | AFP