Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee (Photo) clinched a historic second ever medal for Malaysia in the World Championships by claiming a bronze in the women’s 10-metre platform synchro in Barcelona yesterday.

The duo, who finished seventh at last year’s London Olympics, garnered 331.14 points finishing behind China’s gold medallists Chen Ruolin-Liu Huixia, who amassed a near perfect 356.28 total and Canada’s Meghan Benifeito-Roseline Filian (331.41).

The Malaysians led the opening two routine attempts with a 109.20 series ahead of other established divers.

However, as expected, Ruolin-Huixia took over the lead while Pandelela-Mun Yee dropped to second from the third round onwards They were well positioned for a silver after four dives but dropped one rung after Meghan-Roseline executed a magnificent routine for the silver.

Nonetheless, Pandelela-Mun Yee’s podium finish is an achievement as it was talented pool comprising former champions.

Coach Yang Zhuliang was delighted with the outcome while Pandelela-Mun Yee were close to tears after the official results were announced.

-NST