Pandelela Rinong’S gutted that her chance to win an individual medal at the World Championships women’s 10m platform was blown away in Barcelona last night.
A blunder during the third attempt saw her finishing in sixth place among 12 finalists.
“I had a good chance to win my second medal. I wanted to be on the podium for this, my pet event,” said the Olympic bronze medallist, holding back her tears.
“I wanted the medal so bad, having been to final twice (in Rome 2009 and Shanghai 2011) and on both occasions, I was fifth.
“But the third dive just ruined it. The wind was blowing quite strong when I was attempting my armstand routine.
“It caused me to lose balance, and not taking any chances, I retook it. I knew points will be deducted, two from each of one the seven judges but I had no choice.
“My dive was all right, but I couldn’t earn good points due to the penalties. I felt gutted after that, it affected my spirit.”
Pandelela had, on Monday, won a bronze with Leong Mun Yee for the second time in the 10m platform synchro.
It could have been a historical double for her – to be the first Malaysian diver to win more than a medal at a single world meet.
She also competed in the 3m springboard synchro with Cheong Jun Hoong, where they finished a creditable fifth.