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The Diving Queen’s Mission Possible in Tokyo Olympics

Malaysia’s two-time Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong, who was on the podium with a bronze in London 2012 and a silver in Rio 2016 is now targeting another podium finish at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

And that’s not all as she is at the same time looking to record a personal best.

The Malaysian diving queen who is also the first female athlete to bring home an Olympic medal does not see her achievement in Rio as pressure to perform better in Tokyo.

“Pressure brings the best out of me, it is as if we are the best of friends” said Pandelela who looks forward to making her 4th appearance at the Olympics.

However she admitted that the Covid19 pandemic did affect her performance and training sessions in the preparations towards to Tokyo Olympics as she lost her normal trading and competition routine for 3 months.

“There is a lot of catch up to do on both training and my fitness level”, added the household name in Diving.

“The Chinese and North Korean divers are the strongest contenders and they have been training nonstop even during the peak of the Covid19 pandemic”

Following her latest win with Leong Mun Yee in 10m synchronised platform at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea last February, the duo seem to have developed the chemistry and with the extra training, their synchronisation as partners is gradually improving.

Earning her place in the spotlight, the Sarawak born diver will always be thankful for the everlasting motivation and inspiration from her state coach to get involved in diving.

She is very glad to have chosen this path and picking diving as her career path as she feels it is totally a blessed opportunity.

“If I could turn back the clock, I wouldn’t change a thing and will still be choosing the same path” said the 27 year old national diver.


Nationality Malaysian
Born 2 March 1993 (age 27)
  Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia
Height 1.62m
Events 3m, 10m, 10m synchronised



Olympic Games

Rio 2016 10m Synchronised Silver
London 2012 10m Platform Bronze

World Championships

Gwangju 2019 10m Synchronised Silver
Budapest 2017 10m Synchronised Bronze
Kazan 2015 10m Platform Bronze
Barcelona 2013 10m Synchronised Bronze
Rome 2009 10m Synchronised Bronze

Youth Olympic Games

Singapore 2010 10m Platform Silver
Singapore 2010 3m Springboard Silver

Asian Games

Incheon 2014 10m Synchronised Bronze
Guangzhou 2010 10m Synchronised Silver
Guangzhou 2010 10m Platform Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast 2018 10m Synchronised Gold
Glasgow 2014 10m Synchronised Bronze
Glasgow 2014 10m Platform Silver
New Delhi 2010 10m Platform Gold
New Delhi 2010 10m Synchronised Silver

SEA Games

Kuala Lumpur 2017 10m Platform Gold
Kuala Lumpur 2017 Team Gold
Singapore 2015 10m Platform Gold
Naypyidaw 2013 10m Platform Gold
Palembang 2011 10m Platform Gold
Vientiane 2009 10m Synchronised Gold
Vientiane 2009 10m Platform Gold
Nakhon Ratchasima 2007 10m Synchronised Gold
Nakhon Ratchasima 2007 10m Platform Silver


Shenzhen 2011 10m Platform Silver
Shenzhen 2011 10m Synchronised Bronze