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Jun Hoong CHEONG
Sport Diving
NOC Malaysia   
GenderWomen
Born16 Apr 1990 in Ipoh, MAS
Height1.53 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Ipoh, MAS
Languages
Cantonese, English, Malay
Higher education
Communications - University Putra Malaysia: Serdang, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up diving at age nine.
Why this sport?
Her father signed her up for swimming lessons at age four. At age nine she was invited to try diving by coach Zhou Xiyang.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (my.asiatatler.com, 13 Sep 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Yang Zhuliang. (Instagram profile, 08 Jan 2022)
Injuries
In 2019 she sustained an injury to her right wrist, which was caused by using a crutch during her recovery from an injury to her left knee. (nst.com.my, 20 Mar 2019)

She suffered an injury to her left knee prior to a training camp for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, which ruled her out of contention for the Games. She underwent operations on the problem in June and September in the same year. (fina.org, 05 Jan 2022; dailyexpress.com.my, 18 Jun 2020; nst.com.my, 03 Aug 2018; thestar.com.my, 01 Aug 2018)

She was troubled by back problems at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (nst.com.my, 20 Jul 2017)

She suffered a training injury in July 2015 that left her with damage to both heels after getting too close to the springboard while performing a dive. The injuries ruled her out of the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. She returned to competition in February 2016. (thestar.com.my, 18 Jul 2015; thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She considered retiring from the sport due to an injury in 2009. (thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She sustained a back injury at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The injury forced her to miss the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. (The Star, 08 Feb 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is like an escalator, you can move forward or backward but you cannot remain still. I choose to move forward." (Instagram profile, 30 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the National Sports Council of Malaysia. (bharian.com.my, 14 Mar 2018)
Milestones
She became Malaysia's first diving world champion when she claimed gold in the 10m platform at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 20 Jul 2017)

She and Pandelela Rinong won Malaysia's first Olympic medal in synchronised diving by claiming silver in the synchronised 10m platform event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 29 Jun 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In January 2022 she announced her retirement from competitive sport. "After my second knee surgery in September 2018, I was fearless because of my love for the sport. From treatment to recovery, to regaining the courage to stand on the springboard and platform, to the global [COVID-19] pandemic, I did my best for the Olympics [in Tokyo]. This Olympic journey is indeed more difficult than before. Of course, I have to admit that I regret that I did not perform well and did not achieve good results. After returning from the Olympics, all my energy is to try to heal the injury and recover as soon as possible. Although I have reached a certain age, it is only a number. Although I wanted to continue representing the country, my contract was not renewed. On this note, I have decided to retire. Twenty-two years in diving and I think it's time for me to enter a new chapter." (fina.org, 05 Jan 2022; nst.com.my, 04 Jan 2022; bharian.com.my, 04 Jan 2022; Instagram profile, 03 Jan 2022)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
26 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform 251.80
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 3m Springboard 282.25
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 3m Springboard Synchro  
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform Synchro  
20 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard 272.45 
8 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 283.50
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 397.50
12 2017 Budapest, HUN 1m Springboard 252.45
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 328.74
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 289.20
9 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1m Springboard 245.70
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard 259.30
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1m Springboard 241.95
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard 276.80
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, AUS 10m Platform 219.90
Preliminary Round 2005 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 188.49
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 262.71
1 2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 310.20
3 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform 310.85
2 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 312.72
2 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 271.86
4 2015 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform 277.40
1 2015 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 319.74
2 2015 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard Synchro 288.75
1 2015 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 326.82
6 2014   3m Springboard  
3 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard 339.00
2 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 327.84
24 2013   3m Springboard  
8 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 294.15
3 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 282.90
11 2012   3m Springboard  
9 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 293.25
4 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 283.80
6 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 275.00
28 2011   3m Springboard  
16 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 256.50
6 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 278.40
6 2011 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 299.55
5 2004 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 235.62
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2012 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 310.45
7 2009 Foshan, CHN 3m Springboard 218.00
7 2005 Chenzhou, CHN 3m Springboard 480.75
3 2005 Chenzhou, CHN 10m Platform 414.39 
3 2004 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 248.46
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 1m Springboard 257.75
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard 327.10
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 287.70
3 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 1m Springboard 271.60
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2018   10m Platform  
9 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 312.70
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 312.24
11 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform 299.25
3 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 310.32
10 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 296.10
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 318.54
6 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 298.70
1 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 322.74
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 316.08
3 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 332.46
15 2015   10m Platform  
7 2015   3m Springboard  
9 2015 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 232.50
2 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 320.28
8 2015 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 315.25
3 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 315.18
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 281.28
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard 330.00
9 2015 London, ENG 3m Springboard 304.55
11 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform 253.80
2 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 314.94
4 2015 Mérida, MEX 3m Springboard 352.85
3 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 312.90
5 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 276.24
10 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard 290.55
9 2014   3m Springboard  
8 2014 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 282.60
4 2014 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 274.80
11 2014 London, ENG 3m Springboard 246.95
6 2014 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 284.70
6 2014 Monterrey, MEX 3m Springboard 344.60
7 2014 Monterrey, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 277.80
2 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 328.56
6 2014 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard 295.85
3 2014 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 305.40
6 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard 318.40
4 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 297.60
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 289.80
5 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 299.04
8 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 3m Springboard 274.30
3 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 305.70