Pandelela Rinong’s dive to a bronze medal at the London Olympics today, has secured a special reward for the teenager from the Sarawak Government.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he would announce the special reward when the diving athlete returned from the Olympics.
He said the reward would befit the achievement of the 19-year-old who became the first Malaysian woman to earn a medal in the 10m platform event.
He said the people of Sarawak were proud to have an athlete from the state, in having bagged the bronze medal in the event.
“She will be an inspiration to others,” added Abdul Taib when asked to comment on Pandelela’s feat.
In the final at the London Aquatic Centre earlier today, Pandelela shook off a poor start to claw back and accumulate 359.20 points to finish behind gold medalist Chen Ruolin of China and Australia’s Brittany Broben who took the silver.
With the achievement, she will receive RM150,000 under the Youth and Sports Ministry’s incentive scheme and a monthly pension of RM2,000.