Malaysia pips China in 10m platform for historic gold at world championships

Cheong Jun Hoong edges out Si Yajie and reigning Olympic Games champion Ren Qian in Budapest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 9:55am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 9:55am

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 finished with 397.50 points.

“I hoped for a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers.”

China’s Si Yajie claimed 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 Games champion Ren Qian, who won silver in the event in 2015, took the bronze medal with 391.95 points.

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, finished fourth with 388.55 points.