Despite missing their top divers Malaysia became the star of the show at the 2015 Asian Diving Cup. The winners of the four individual events qualified to the Olympics. The Asian Diving Cup was held in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia from September 4th to September 6th 2015.
With China sending their secondary team Malaysia had the best opportunity to obtain the four quotas. However, should China or any previously qualified athlete win an event the Olympic quota will not be reallocated to the next best diver here, instead it will be given out to divers at the Diving World Cup. This was one of the major reasons why Malaysia did not send previously qualified Pandelela Rinong and Ng Yan Yee in order to maximize their chances at qualifying.
Even with a secondary team China was still considered to be the nation to beat among the other Asian competitors. This was shown in the final day at the women’s 3m springboard where Wu Chunting won the event over Malaysia’s Nur Dhabitah Sabri. Since China already won 2 quotas in the event at the World Aquatics Championships no one was given the spot.
Nur Dhabitah Sabri however did not go home completely empty handed as she improved her preliminary performance by winning gold and an Olympic quota in the women’s 10m platform on the second day of competition. She finished ahead over China’s Suo Miya and her compatriot Loh Zhiayi.
The overall star of the diving cup was Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang. On the first day of competition he was able to win an Olympic quota in the men’s 3m springboard where an improved finals performance and a terrible final dive by China’s Peng Jiang Feng gave him the gold medal. Liang’s compatriot Ahmad Amsyar Azman won the silver medal while Jiang had to settle for the bronze.
On the final day Ooi Tze Liang won a second quota from his performance in the men’s 10m platform. With a score of 482.15 he narrowly defeated China’s Cao Lizhi whom finished second with a score of 481.60. Woo Ha-Ram of South Korea won the bronze medal by a score of 477.35.
Malaysia now has at least one quota in each of the individual events. With the Diving World Cup still to go they will likely focus on qualifying in the synchronized diving events along with expanding their individual quota collection.
Quotas by Nation
- Malaysia – 3
References (secondary sources)
- TheStar. Diver Tze Liang on the way to the Olympic. Access on September 6 2015.
- TheStar. Perfect day for Dhabitah to earn Olympic ticket. Access on September 6 2015.
- TheStar. Tze Liang redeems himself with second Olympic spot. Access on September 6 2015.