Cheong wins gold at Fina World Championships, becomes Malaysia’s first diving world champ

National diver Cheong Jun Hoong won Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal at the International Federation (Fina) World Championships in Budapest on Wednesday, beating 12 other top participants.

Her win (397.50 points) upset the Chinese team in the women’s 10m platform diving event, beating defending Olympic gold medalist Ren Qian (391.95) who took the bronze. Chinese Si Yajie (396.0 points) won the silver medal.

Cheong, 27, who is from Perak, was ranked fourth after the first two dives but moved to the top spot in an unexpected comeback. She was ranked seventh in the final based on results from the semi-final stage.

Cheong had already won a bronze medal at the event with team mate Pandelela Rinong in the synchronised platform event.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak joined Malaysians on Thursday (July 20) in celebrating her gold.

He wrote in a Twitter post: “Congratulations @cheongjunhoong! First world champion #Negaraku in the women’s platform event at #FINABudapest2017.”