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Mun Yee LEONG
Sport Diving
NOC Malaysia   
GenderWomen
Born04 Dec 1984 in Ipoh, MAS
Height1.64 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Coach, Student
Languages
English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education
Communications - University of Putra Malaysia [UPM]: Kuala Selangor, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began taking swimming classes at age two. She got involved in diving at age 10 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
Her parents encouraged her to take up the sport. "It was 1995 and the National Sports Council appointed a new diving coach to visit Perak to select divers for the 1998 Commonwealth Games squad. My parents took me to the tryouts and I was one of the six chosen from my state for the national team and eventually, the only one from Perak who competed at the Commonwealth Games at that time."
General Interest
Nicknames
Angela (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Hobbies
Music, dancing. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the women's 10m synchronised platform at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (olympic.org.my, 24 Aug 2020; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese divers Fu Mingxia and Guo Jingjing. (bolapantaitimur.blogspot.com, 10 Feb 2014)
Injuries
She underwent nose surgery in 2016. (nst.com.my, 20 Oct 2016)

She sustained neck and back injuries in 2014, which caused her to pull out of grand prix events in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 22 Oct 2014)

In 2013 she spent two weeks in hospital after suffering a viral infection while training in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (nst.com.my, 19 Mar 2013)

She underwent a wrist operation in 2004. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)

She has suffered ligament tears in both ankles during her sporting career. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony of the 2015 South East Asian Games in Singapore. (southeastasiansports.blogspot.com, 15 Mar 2015)

She received the 2013/14 Excellent Achievement Special Award at the 2015 Perak Sport Award Ceremony. (themalaysiantimes.com.my, 23 Dec 2015)

Together with her diving partner Pandelela Rinong, she received National Sports Awards in 2009 and 2013 for Best Female Team. (theborneopost.com, 20 May 2014; bernama.com, 27 Apr 2010)

She was named the 2009 Sportswoman of the Year by the Malaysian Universities Sports Council [MASUM]. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)

She was named Perak Sportswoman of the Year in Malaysia on four occasions between 1996 and 2009. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)

In 2007 she was presented with the Ahli Mahkota Perak [AMP] Honour by the Sultan of Perak in Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 23 Apr 2007)

She was named the 2001 Olympian of the Year by the Olympic Council of Malaysia. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)
Milestones
At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo she became the first Malaysian athlete in any sport to compete at five editions of the Olympic Games. (tatlerasia.com, 06 Dec 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jul 2021)

In 2009 she and Pandelela Rinong became the first divers representing Malaysia to win a medal at the world championships by claiming bronze in the 10m synchronised platform in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; The Star, 21 Jul 2010)

In 2002, together with Farah Begum Abdullah, she became the first female Malaysian diver to win a medal at the Asian Games. The pair claimed bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard in Busan, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; The Star, 08 Feb 2007)
Famous relatives
Her brother has competed in swimming for Perak state in Malaysia. (buro247.my, 06 Jul 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In January 2022 she announced her retirement from the sport and began serving as an assistant coach for the Malaysian diving team. "Retirement is expected from all athletes at some point, but it is not the end. For me, it is just a turn in life as I am retiring as an athlete, but my mind is still very much with the sport. My retirement is not a sudden decision as I had planned it after the Tokyo Olympics. Also, coaching the national team is only a temporary thing as my goal is still to set up a diving academy. My plan is to start with kids as young as five to prepare them for the sports school and the national team." (nst.com.my, 06 Jan 2022; themalaysianreserve.com, 06 Jan 2022; thestar.com.my, 02 Jan 2022; sinarharian.com.my, 01 Jan 2022; thevibes.com, 01 Jan 2022)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2019 she began studying for a master's degree in corporate communications at the University of Putra Malaysia [UPM]. A year later she decided to put her studies on hold to focus on the Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Believe it or not, I only graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2017. I love studying and I decided to go for my master's in 2019. But then the 2020 Olympic Games was pushed back a year and so I had to postpone my studies in order to prioritise the Olympic preparations." (thevibes.com, 01 Jan 2022; thestar.com.my, 24 Sep 2020; nst.com.my, 26 Aug 2020; femalemag.com.my, 01 Oct 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 277.98
7 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 308.52
Preliminary Round 2008 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 253.50
Preliminary Round 2004 Athens, GRE 10m Platform 273.33
  2004 Athens, GRE 3m Springboard  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 312.72
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Event 347.80 
Final 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Event 356.75
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 303.60 
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 331.14
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 305.34
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 264.60
Preliminary Round 2009 Rome, ITA 3m Springboard 249.10
Preliminary Round 2009 Rome, ITA 1m Springboard 242.65
3 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 321.66
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, AUS 1m Springboard 229.40
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, AUS 3m Springboard 200.60
12 2007 Melbourne, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 240.54
Preliminary Round 2005 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 177.78
Preliminary Round 2003 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard 216.90
15 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 10m Platform 424.71
32 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 3m Springboard 189.03
10 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 243.84
13 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 3m Springboard Synchro 234.27
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 287.10
  2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 296.10 DNQ
1 2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 311.28
2 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 295.62
5 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 287.58
5 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 301.32
4 2011 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 260.70
1 2011 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 312.96
9 2010 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 271.00
5 2010 Madrid, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 270.78
7 2010 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 254.28
16 2009   3m Springboard  
10 2009 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 213.30
4 2009 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard 286.10
3 2009 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 292.50
47 2008   3m Springboard  
11 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 249.30
7 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 285.00
28 2007   3m Springboard  
5 2007 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 273.72
29 2004   10m Platform  
47 2004   3m Springboard  
10 2004 Athens, GRE 10m Platform 473.28
51 2003   3m Springboard  
36 2002   10m Platform  
23 2002   3m Springboard  
6 2002 Xian, CHN 10m Platform 436.80
4 2002 Xian, CHN 3m Springboard 484.50
50 2000   10m Platform  
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2009 Foshan, CHN 3m Springboard 273.60
3 2009 Foshan, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 258.78
4 2005 Chenzhou, CHN 3m Springboard 504.63
5 2004 Dubai, UAE 1m Springboard 219.42
5 2004 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform  
4 2004 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 501.51
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Jakarta, INA 1m Springboard 224.60
3 2018 Jakarta, INA 10m Platform Synchro 310.80
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 313.92
4 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 1m Springboard 268.20
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 279.90
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 311.94
4 2006 Doha, QAT 1m Springboard 262.25
3 2006 Doha, QAT 3m Springboard 307.80
3 2006 Doha, QAT 3m Springboard Synchro 275.04
5 2002 Busan, KOR 3m Springboard 473.37
6 2002 Busan, KOR 10m Platform 465.90
3 2002 Busan, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 245.34
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 297.66
7 2019 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 267.00
5 2019 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 278.40
6 2019 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 288.12
8 2019 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 256.20
5 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 311.10
5 2018 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 282.84
6 2018 Fuji, JPN 3m Springboard Synchro 253.14
6 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 256.20
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 311.70
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 309.12
3 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 303.42
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 284.52
2 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 320.28
3 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 315.18
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 281.28
2 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 314.94
3 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 312.90
5 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 276.24
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 303.96
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 314.64
4 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 291.84
3 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 310.26
4 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 306.24
3 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 311.46
3 2012   10m Platform Synchro  
4 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 322.14
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 316.38
3 2012 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 321.00
5 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 314.88
2 2011 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 338.46
4 2011 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 304.98
4 2011 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 322.08
5 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 286.08
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 287.64