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Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg, AMN, JBK (born 2 March 1993) is a Malaysian diver specialises in the 10-metre platform event. She is a two-time Olympic medalist and has won a total of four medals at the World Championships.

Pandelela Rinong
Personal information
Full name Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg
Born (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 24)
Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia[1]
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)[2]
Sport
Country  Malaysia
Event(s) 10 m, 10 m synchro, 3 m
Club Majlis Sukan Negara
Partner Cheong Jun Hoong
Coached by Yang Zhuliang

Pandelela represented Malaysia at the 2008 Summer Olympics where she finished 27th in 10m platform. She won the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She was chosen to be the flagbearer of Malaysia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She went on to win the bronze medal in the 10m platform, becoming the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal, as well as the first in any sport other than badminton.[3] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the silver medal in the 10m synchronized platform with Cheong Jun Hoong.[4]

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Pandelela was born in Kupuo Jugan, a Bidayuh village in Bau, Sarawak to Hartini Lamin and Pamg Joheng.[5][6][7] She is of Bidayuh ethnicity, a Bumiputera native to the Malaysian state of Sarawak. She is the second of four siblings.[6] At the age of seven she was selected as a state diver and continued her training at the Bukit Jalil Sports School.[8] She is currently taking up a Sports Science degree at University of Malaya, majoring in Sports Management.[9]

CareerEdit

Pandelela made her international competition debut in 2007 at the Asian Junior Aquatics Championships where she won four gold medals.[10] At the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand, she won the gold medal in 10m synchronized platform with Cheong Jun Hoong.[11]

Pandelela made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a 15 year old.[12] She finished 27th in the 10 m platform. At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, she finished fifth in the 10 m platform.[13] She went on to win the bronze medal in the 10 m synchronized platform with Leong Mun Yee where it was also the first-ever diving medal for Malaysia at the World Championships.[14]

Pandelela won two gold medal at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane.[15] She was the flag bearer for the Malaysian contingent at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore where she won the silver medals in the 10 m platform event and 3 m springboard event.[16]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, she won Malaysia's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in an aquatic sport by winning the 10 m platform event.[17] At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, she won the bronze medal in 10 m platform and the silver medal in 10m synchronized platform with Leong Mun Yee.

Pandelela was chosen to be the flag bearer of Malaysia at the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations where she is first national female athlete to be accorded the honour.[18] She competed in the individual 10 m platform and the 10 m synchronised platform event with Leong Mun Yee.[19]

She became the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympics medal, and the first Malaysian athlete to win an Olympics medal in a sport besides badminton by winning a bronze medal in the 10 m platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[19] To commemorate her success, she was presented with the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (Companion of the Order of the Star of Hornbill) by the Sarawak State Government, in a special investiture ceremony held at the Astana shortly after her triumphant return to her homeland.[20] She became Sarawak's first athlete to be accorded with the award.[21]

At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Pandelela and Mun Yee clinch the bronze medal in 10m synchronized platform with 331.14 points.[22] She also finish sixth in individual 10m platform event.[23] At the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Naypyidaw, she retained her gold medal in 10m platform event.[24]

Pandelela competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Despite a knee injury, she won the bronze medal in 10m synchronized platform with Nur Dhabitah Sabri.[25] She also bagged a silver in the 10m platform with a score of 368.55 points.[26] At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, she won the bronze medal in 10 m synchro platform with Leong Mun Yee.

In July 2015, Pandelela made history when she became the first Malaysian to finish on the podium in an individual event at the World Aquatics Championships.[27] She clinched a bronze medal in the individual 10 m platform in Kazan and qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.[28]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won the silver medal in the 10 m synchronized platform with Cheong Jun Hoong, becoming the first Malaysian women's team to win a silver medal at the Olympics.[29] In honour of her achievement at the 2016 Summer Olympics, The Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya, Sarawak was officially named Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre.[30] After 2016 Summer Olympics, Pandelela took a break to recuperate from back and shoulder injuries.[31]

At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, she won the bronze medal in 10 m synchronized platform with Cheong Jun Hoong.[32] She finished ninth in the individual 10m platform which was won by her partner, Jun Hoong.[33] At the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, she won the gold medal in newly introduced team event with Gabriel Gilbert Daim.[34] She also retained her gold medal in the individual 10m platform event.[35]

AwardsEdit

  • SAM-100PLUS Best Athlete: 2010,[36] 2012,[37] 2015[38]
  • National Sportswoman of the Year: 2011, 2012,[39] 2015[40]
  • Sarawak Sportswoman of the Year: 2010, 2011–12[41]
  • Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK)[21]
  • NPC-Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year: 2012[42]
  • TM Fans Pick Awards – Glorious Moment: 2015[40]
  • Sarawak Sports Youth Icon[43]
  • UM Sportswoman of the Year: 2016[44]
  • UM Special Badge of University Sports[44]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Pandelela – Shining example of true grit". The Borneo Post. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
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  10. ^ Lim, Teik Huat (13 August 2007). "Diver Pandelela makes her mark in international scene". The Star. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
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  24. ^ "Pandelela, Zhiayi in one-two finish in 10m platform (updated)". The Star. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  25. ^ Paul, Rajes (30 July 2014). "Bronze debut for Pandelela-Dhabitah in 10m platform synchro". The Star. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  26. ^ Paul, Rajes (1 August 2014). "No shame in Pandelela's silver in 10m platform (updated)". The Star. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  27. ^ Ajitpal Singh (31 July 2015). "Historic win for Pandelela in World Aquatics Championships". New Straits Times. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  28. ^ Bernama (31 July 2015). "Najib congratulates Pandelela for becoming first Malaysian athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics". Malay Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Olympics Primetime". Rio Olympics. 9 August 2016. NBC. 
  30. ^ Bernama (3 September 2016). "Sarawak Aquatic Centre named after Pandelela Rinong". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  31. ^ Ajitpal Singh (5 February 2017). "Pandelela in control". New Straits Times. 
  32. ^ Lim, Teik Huat (18 July 2017). "Jun Hoong ignores back pain to win bronze with Pandelela". The Star. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  33. ^ Lim, Teik Huat (20 July 2017). "Jun Hoong bags gold at World Aquatics Championships". The Star. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  34. ^ Singh, Jugjet (26 August 2017). "KL2017: Malaysia sweep diving gold". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
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  36. ^ "Pandelela wins SAM-100PLUS Sports Awards 2010". AIPS. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  37. ^ "Pendelela Picks Up Second SAM-100PLUS Best Athlete Crown". FNBM. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  38. ^ "Pandelela wins third SAM-100Plus best athlete award". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  39. ^ "Pandelela retains Sportswoman crown". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  40. ^ a b "Pandelela, Al-Jufferi named as country's top athletes". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  41. ^ "Pandelela Rinong crowned Sarawak sportswoman of the year, again". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  42. ^ "Pandelela Rinong awarded the NPC-Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year award". Paul Tan. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  43. ^ Bernama. "Pandelela is state’s Sports Youth Icon". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  44. ^ a b "Nauraj, Pandelela crowned UM Sportsman, Sportswoman of the Year 2016". Astro Awani. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 

BibliographyEdit

  • Indovino, Shaina (2005). Malaysian Superstars Athletes: Pandelela Rinong. Malaysia: Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia. ISBN 9789674303150. 

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