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Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg, AMN, JBK (born 2 March 1993) is a Malaysian diver. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she became the first ever Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal, as well as the first in any sport other than Badminton, when she won the bronze medal in the 10 metre platform.[5][6] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Pandelela and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver medal in the 10 m synchronized platform.[7]

Pandelela Rinong
Personal information
Full name Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg
Born (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 24)
Kampung Jugan, Bau, Sarawak[1]
Height 161 cm (5 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)[3]
Country  Malaysia
Event(s) 10 m, 10 m synchro, 3 m
Club Majils Sukan Nagara[4]
Partner Cheong Jun Hoong
Coached by Yang Zhuliang[4]



Pandelela was born in Kupuo Jugan, a Bidayuh village in Bau, Sarawak [8], to Hartini Lamin and Pamg Joheng, a contractor.[9][10] Pandelela is of Bidayuh ethnicity, a Bumiputera native to the Malaysian state of Sarawak. She is the second of four siblings. [9] At the age of seven she was selected as a state diver and continued her training at the Bukit Jalil Sports School in Kuala Lumpur.[11]


At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, she won a bronze medal in the Women's 10 m Synchronized Platform with Mun Yee Leong and placed fifth in the Women's 10 m platform. She also competed in the Women's 10 m platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[12]

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.[13]

At New Delhi 2010, she won Malaysia's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in an aquatic sport by winning the 10 m platform event.

She became Malaysia's first female flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics where she competed in the individual 10 m platform and the 10 m platform synchronised event with her partner Leong Mun Yee.[14]

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 Women's 10 m platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4][14]

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.[15] She became Sarawak's first athlete to be accorded with the award.[16]

In July 2015, Pandelela made history when she became the first Malaysian to finish on the podium in an individual event in the World Aquatics Championships.[17] She clinched a bronze medal in the individual 10 m platform in Kazan, Russia, qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.[18]

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver medal in the 10 m synchronized platform, becoming the first Malaysian women's team to win a silver medal at the Olympics.[19] 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.[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2010 Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete Won [21]
2011 National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [22]
2011–2012 Sarawak Sports Award Sportwoman of the Year Won [23]
2012 Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK) by the Sarawak Government Won [16]
National Press Club (NPC) – Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year Won [24]
National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [22]
SAM-100PLUS-KBS Awards Athlete of the Year Won [25]
2015 National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [26]
TM Fans Pick Awards – Glorious Moment Won
Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete Won [27]
2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favourite Asian Sports Star Nominated [28][29]
Anugerah Pilihan Online Online Choice Female Sports Star Nominated [30]
Ministry of Sarawak Youth, Sports and Solidarity Sports Youth Icon Won [31]
Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete (with Cheong Jun Hoong) Nominated [32]
National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Nominated [33]
UM Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [34]
Special Badge of University Sports Won [34]


In 2010, Rinong fractured a bone in her toe that took six months to heal. After the 2012 Olympics she suffered an ankle injury that forced her to skip the Asian championships and the ASEAN University Games. In July 2014, she had a knee injury that affected her performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and limited her participation at the 2014 Asian Games to two events.[4] After 2016 Summer Olympics, Pandelela took a break to recuperate from back and shoulder injuries.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

Rinong is currently taking up a Sports Science degree at University of Malaya, majoring in Sports Management.[36]


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  32. ^ "Sportswriters name Chong Wei as athlete of the year". The Star. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
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  36. ^ Dian Pasquinal Kaur (29 July 2016). "Bright Young Things: National diver Pandelela Rinong on the road to Rio". Asia Tatler. 


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

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