Malaysian diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg made history today when she won the nation their first ever medal for diving in the Olympics. She also made history by becoming Malaysia’s very first woman Olympian to do so, and broke the record for being the youngest ever to win a medal for Malaysia at the prestigious sporting event.
The 19-year old diver from Sarawak rose to the occasion at the 10m Womens Platform Finals despite scoring a poor 58.50 for her first dive. Her final two dives were well-received by the judges and netted 81.60 and 76.80 points respectively.
Gold for the event went to China’s Chen Ruolin who scored an impressive 422.30, while 16 year old Brittany Broben from Australia won the silver medal after her dives gave her 366.50 points. Pandelela scored 359.20 points.
Pandelela’s victory at the Olympics has not gone unoticed with those from Sarawak in particular singing praises over their golden home town girl.
Kuching based @IanSalang tweeted “PROUD OF YOU PANDELELA! STATE PRIDE YOH! #sarawak” with international Sarawakian singer @ZeeAvi also tweeting “Congratulations, Miss Pandelela!”
The joy was equal on Facebook with Sarawakians clearly happy with their Bau born star as shares of Pandelela showing her medal reached hundreds within a few hours.