Pandelela, Nur Dhabitah through to 10m Platform semis

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Both Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who are representing Malaysia in the Women’s 10m Platform diving, made it through the preliminary rounds to enter the semifinals.

Out of a field of 28, Pandelela finished sixth with 332.45 over the five rounds of dives, while Nur Dhabitah was just two places behind with 325.85.

Both divers were fairly consistent with four good dives that were above the 60-point mark that is usually enough to ensure being in the top 18 to go through to the next stage.

Pandelela’s dive scores were 72.00, 65.25, 73.60, 52.80, 68.80, with the third dive putting her in third place. She dropped down to 12th on the fourth dive before recovering back to finish in 6th position.

Nur Dhabitah, on the other hand, scored 72.00, 41.60, 75.90, 64.35, 72.00, with the second dive putting her out of contention. Her amazing third dive revived her hopes and she had no trouble thereafter.

The top two in the Women’s 10m Platform diving preliminary round are China’s Si Yajie (397.45) and Ren Qian (385.80), with American Jessica Parrato coming in a distant third (346.80).

Aside from Malaysia and China, the other countries with two qualifiers each for the semifinal are Australia, Canada, Ukraine and the United States.

The semifinal for the Women’s 10m Platform diving will take place at 9pm tonight, Malaysian time, while the final will commence six hours later, at 3am Friday morning.