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Pandelela Rinong
Pandelela Rinong

PANDELELA Rinong has qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10m platform individual event.

The Sarawak-born booked her place in Japan after reaching the final of the discipline at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea yesterday.

Pandelela scored a 63.00, 60.90, 64.00, 57.60, 67.20 series for a 312.70 total to finish ninth in the semi-finals at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Centre.

This was enough to see her make the top-12 cut for the Olympics and also for the final, which will be held today.

There are, however, at least 23 more slots on offer via continental competitions as well as the World Cup.

China duo Chen Yuxi (407.95) and Lu Wei (370.85) finished first and second respectively while Canadian Caeli McKay was third on 356.70.

In the preliminary round, Pandelela finished 12th on a 303.70 total.

On Sunday, Pandelela together with Leong Mun Yee secured a silver medal and also an Olympic spot in the 10m platform synchro.

The Tokyo Games will be Pandelela’s fourth appearance in the Olympics.

She won the country’s first Olympic medal in diving at the 2012 London edition by securing bronze in the platform individual.

Four years later, she and Cheong Jun Hoong took silver in the platform synchro in London.

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