KUALA LUMPUR: National diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee could not contain her emotions after booking a spot at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
The 26-year-old achieved the feat by qualifying for the finals in the 3m springboard at the Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.
Tokyo will be Wendy’s third Olympics appearance after qualifying for the last two Games in Rio de Janeiro and London.
“After looking at the results I immediately got emotional and started crying because I did not think I could get the Olympic slot after all the obstacles I had to overcome, including recovering from the shoulder surgery I had after the Asian Games in November,” she said.
“There is still a lot I need to improve on especially getting my rhythm for my dives.
“Booking my Olympic ticket will motivate me to keep working hard to get myself into shape when the Tokyo Olympics come around next year.”
Wendy finished in 10th, out of 18 divers, with a point total of 288.60 to march into the finals tomorrow. Only 12 of the 18 competitors can make the final.
She adds being able to compete in her third Olympics will be sweet and very meaningful for her and the national diving squad.
Besides Wendy, Malaysia also achieved two more Tokyo 2020 slots when Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee won silver in the 10m synchronised platform event on Sunday.
Pandelela then secured her second ticket to the land of the rising sun by qualifying for the 10m individual platform final, but could only finish in fifth on Wednesday.