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Cheong Jun Hoong wins gold medal at the 2017 World Aquatics Championship

The 28-year-old diver had been worried her injuries from the Rio 2016 Olympics would hamper her performance

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 20 Jul 2017

Jun Hoong's win
Photo: Khairykj/Twitter

Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong made us proud once again after she nabbed a gold medal in the women's 10 metre platform event at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest yesterday. She scored our nation's first ever gold medal at the world championships with a score of 397.50 points, beating China's Si Yajie (396 points) and Ren Qian (391.95 points).

She previously won Malaysia's first silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the 10m platform synchronised diving event with her diving partner Pandelela Rinong.

"After winning the silver medal at the Olympics, it has not been entirely easy as injury has set me back in my training and competitions," Jun Hoong told ELLE today. "I have to balance between seeking the treatment required and managing training. It was like starting afresh again. I am totally excited and overjoyed that with God's blessing, I am back in the game and am able to achieve another milestone of my diving career."

Of course, back in Ipoh, her mum Leow Lai Kwan and sister Cheong Jun Yeng are extremely proud of her.

"My husband and I had been glued to the television since 12.30am," said Lai Kwan. "We simply could not believe it when she was announced champion. She rang me afterwards and told me about her win. We are so very happy for her."

Jun Yeng added: "While we keep each other updated in a WhatsApp group, we don't put any pressure on Jun Hoong as we know that she would give her best at every meet. She doesn't normally look at the scoreboard and only finds out her total score after the final dive."

Congratulations, Jun Hoong!

Related: Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong win Malaysia's first medal at Rio 2016
Related: Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon win silver medal at Rio 2016


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