Aquatics, Diving

Final chance for Malaysian divers to secure Rio slots

Ten national divers will have one last fighting chance in order to secure a promising slot in the upcoming Rio Olympics in August through the Diving World Cup in Brazil tomorrow.

One of the divers, Ahmad Amsyar Azman claimed that he is ever ready to take on the challenge in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and will try his very best to make it to the prestigious event by merit.

The venue will also be reused for the Olympics thus it is highly recommended for the athletes to get used to the arena and familiarize with every aspect of it before the real deal in another six more months.

Amsyar will be gunning for the slot through two events, which are the 3 meter individual springboard and 3 meter doubles’ springboard alongside partner Chew Yi Wei. The pair stated that they have undergone strenuous training sessions in China in order to touch up on their flaws and improve their skills and synchronization.

“Even though it’s hard for us to qualify, but the confidence is there. If there’s luck then we might probably qualify,” said Amsyar as quoted from Harian Metro.

“This is the last chance for me and my team mates to qualify ourselves and our confidence has skyrocketed to about 80 to 90 per cent.”

In order to qualify by merit, the divers need to achieve at least top 18 in both the individual and synchronized event and in order to do so, Amsyar strongly suggested that all sorts of laziness and weaknesses need to be overcome besides strengthening their mentality.

Thus far, only four Malaysian divers have bagged a spot in the Olympics- bronze medalist Pandelela Rinong, Wendy Ng, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Ooi Tze Liang.

Other posts by