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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dhabitah makes it through to Olympics 3m diving finals

 


National diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri produced a consistent performance to advance into the women’s 3m springboard individual finals and stay in the hunt for an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan today.

The 22-year-old steadily moved up the standings from ninth place after the first dive to secure sixth spot overall following five dives for a total of 312.60 points in the semi-finals.

Only the top 12 out of the field of 18 divers qualified for the finals, scheduled to start at 3pm local time (2pm Malaysian time) tomorrow. 

Defending champion Shi Tingmao of China again showed her capabilities to top the standings with 371.45 points, followed by compatriot Wang Han (346.85 points) and Canadian Jennifer Abel (341.40 points).

Shi and Wang will be looking for another podium finish on Sunday (Aug 1), just a week after winning the women’s 3m springboard synchronised gold on July 25.

Dhabitah had earlier advanced into the semi-finals after finishing 10th in the preliminary round yesterday with 291.60 points.

Another Malaysian, Ng Yan Yee missed the cut for the semi-finals after finishing in 20th place with 251.95 points. Only the top 18 divers qualify for the semi-finals.

This is Dhabitah’s second Olympic outing, having finished fifth in the women’s 3m springboard synchronised event with Cheong Jun Hoong and ninth in the 10m platform individual at the 2016 Rio Games.

- Bernama 

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