|Cheong Jun Hoong of Malaysia competes in the Women’s Diving 10m Platform Final of the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on July 19. — EPA Photo|
BUDAPEST — Cheong Jun Hoong won Malaysia’s first ever diving gold medal at the aquatics world championships in Budapest on Wednesday in the women’s 10 metre platform event.
"My god, I’m a world champion!" said Cheong who came first with 397.50 points.
"I hoped for a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers," she said.
China’s Si Yajie took silver just behind the Malaysian with 396.00 points.
"Cheong’s win is a little surprise for me, but I congratulate her," she said.
Si’s compatriot and reigning Olympic champion Ren Qian, who won silver in the event in 2015, took bronze (391.95).
Chinese divers have long dominated this event at world championships, winning 22 medals, 16 more than any other country.
Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea, who won gold in 2015, came fourth with 388.55. — AFP