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Cheong Jun Hoong (born 16 April 1990) is a Malaysian diver.[2] Cheong won a silver medal in the synchronised 10m platform event with Pandelela Rinong at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, she became Malaysia's first diving world champion after winning the 10m platform event.[3]

Cheong Jun Hoong
Personal information
Native name 張俊虹
Full name Cheong Jun Hoong
Born (1990-04-16) 16 April 1990 (age 27)
Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)[1]
Sport
Country  Malaysia
Event(s) 10 m, 10 m synchro, 3 m, 1 m
Partner Pandelela Rinong
Coached by Yang Zhuliang

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Early life and familyEdit

Cheong was born in Batu Gajah, Perak.[4] She is the daughter of Cheong Sun Meng and Leow Lai Kun.[5] She has one younger sister.[5] Her fascination in aquatics began at tender age of four. At age nine, she started her training in diving with Perak's state coach, Zhou Xiyang.[6] In 2004, she was offered a place at the Bukit Jalil Sports School.[6]

CareerEdit

Cheong represented Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she competed in the 1 m, 3 m, and 10 m events. She placed 8th in the 1 m event, 12th in the 3 m event, 5th in the 3 m synchronised event, 6th in the 10 m event and 4th in the 10 m synchro event with partner Leong Mun Yee, narrowly losing the the bronze medal to fellow athletes Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

In August 2016, she participated at the Rio Summer Olympics in the Women's 3 Metre Platform, with Pandelela Rinong in the Women's Synchronized 10 Metre Platform, and partnered with Nur Dhabitah Sabri in the 3 m synchro event. She managed to get a silver medal in the 10 m event, with a final score of 344.34.[7] However, she did not qualify for the final of the 3m event. She placed 5th in the 3m synchro event.[8] Due to her persisting back pain, in October 2016 she withdrew from the 2016 FINA Diving Grand Prix in Kuching, Sarawak.[9]

In June 2017, Cheong returned from a back injury to win the bronze medal in the Women's 1 Metre Springboard event at the 7th Asian Diving Cup in Macau after withdrewing from the Kazan and Windsor legs of the 2017 FINA Diving World Series earlier.[10] Cheong became Malaysia's first diving World Champion, when she took home the gold medal in the Women's 10 Metre Platform event in the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, pipping her closest rival by just 1.5 points.[11] Four of the seven judges gave a perfect 10 on her best dive in the competition, and she finished with an overall score of 397.5.[3] She also won a bronze in the Women's Synchronized 10 Metre Platform event with Pandelela Rinong with a total score of 328.74.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Cheong currently resides in Ipoh, Perak.[13] She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Universiti Putra Malaysia.[14]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2014 Anugerah Sukan Negara (2014) National Sportswoman of the Year Nominated Anugerah Sukan Negara for Sportswoman of the Year
2016 Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete (with Pandelela Rinong) Nominated [15]
2016 2016 Olympic Council of Malaysia’s (OCM)-Coca-Cola Olympian Awards Olympian of the Year (with Pandelela Rinong) Recipient [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Cheong Jun Hoong". Kuala Lumpur 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cheong Jun Hoong". 2012 Summer Olympics. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Paul Newberry (21 July 2017). "Cheong gives Malaysia first gold ever at world aquatics meet". Associated Press. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cheong Jun Hoong Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at SportsReference". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Sylvia Looi (2 September 2016). "Quiet welcome for Olympic medallist Jun Hoong". Malay Mail. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  6. ^ a b T.Avineshwaran (12 August 2016). "As good as gold for the Silver State". The Star. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Aziz, Iylia (22 August 2016). "2016 Is Malaysia's Best Olympic Record Yet—With Perfect Timing For Our 59th Merdeka Day". Vulcan Post. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Phuah Shew Beng (8 August 2016). "Malaysian divers agonisingly miss 3m springboard synchro medal". The Star. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Ajitpal Singh (20 October 2016). "Diving: Injury forces Jun Hoong out of World GP Kuching leg". New Straits Times. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Ajitpal Singh (17 June 2017). "Dhabitah, Jun Hoong on podium in Asian Diving Cup". New Straits Times. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cheong Jun Hoong Malaysia pips China in 10m platform for historic gold". Pulse News Agency International for AFP. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Lim Teik Huat (18 July 2017). "Jun Hoong ignores back pain to win bronze with Pandelela". The Star. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Cheong Jun Hoong | fina.org". Official FINA Website. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Nation’s three Olympians from UPM". The Star. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sportswriters name Chong Wei as athlete of the year". The Star. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Chong Wei, Pandelela-Jun Hoong picked as 2016 OCM-Coca-Cola Olympian award winners". Malay Mail. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 

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