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Pandelela RINONG
Sport Diving
NOC Malaysia   
GenderWomen
Born02 Mar 1993 in Kuching, MAS
Height1.61 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education
Sports Management - University of Malaya: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age eight in Kuching, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
"I was picked by a swimming coach while she was on a visit to my primary school to look for potential swimmers to join her training programme. I was later given the choice to learn diving as I was not afraid of heights and was brave enough to jump from a three-metre board."
Club / Team
Sarawak: Kuching, MAS
Name of coach
Li Rui [national], CHN
International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Malaysia
Tournament
South East Asian Games
Location
Nakhon Ratchasima, THA
General Interest
Nicknames
Lela [given to her by her coach]. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Watching movies, listening to music. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 10m platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her state diving coach, who influenced her decision to pursue the sport seriously. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US diver David Boudia. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Injuries
She sustained a back injury during training at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. She skipped the synchronised 10m platform event and had to withdraw after the first round of the individual 10m platform due to the pain. (thestar.com.my, 30 Aug 2018; bernama.com, 30 Aug 2018)

She suffered from back and shoulder problems from 2014 right the way through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (thestar.com.my, 24 Aug 2016)

She suffered a knee injury in July 2014 that affected her participation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The injury also meant she could only compete in two events at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (thestar.com.my, 06 Aug 2014; thestar.com.my, 29 Sep 2014)

She suffered an ankle injury in 2012 after the Olympic Games in London that kept her out of the Asian championships and the ASEAN University Games. (nst.com.my, 03 Mar 2013)

She fractured a bone in her toe in 2010 that took six months to heal. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She likes to wear her lucky swimsuit. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up on achieving your dreams, and be honest and kind to others." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2017 the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre was opened in Petra Jaya, Malaysia. (utusanborneo.com.my, 02 Mar 2017)

In 2011, 2012, and 2015 she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the National Sports Council of Malaysia. (pandelela.my, 31 Mar 2018)

In 2011 and 2013 she was named Best Sportswoman at Bukit Jalil Sports School [BJSS] in Malaysia. (theborneopost.com, 25 Nov 2013; thestar.com.my, 16 Nov 2011)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fina.org, 18 Mar 2016)

In 2009 and 2010 she was named Sportswoman of the Year in Sarawak, Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 15 Nov 2013)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. (thestar.com.my, 26 Aug 2010)
Milestones
She became the first female Malaysian athlete in any sport to win a medal at the Olympic Games by claiming bronze in the 10m platform event at the 2012 Games in London. It was also the first Olympic diving medal won by a Malaysian athlete. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; theborneopost.com, 10 Aug 2012)

She and Leong Mun Yee became the first divers representing Malaysia to win a medal at the world championships by securing bronze in the synchronised 10m platform event at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; fina.org, 18 Mar 2016)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Pardika Indoma has represented Malaysia in diving. He was ranked ninth in the 3m springboard synchro at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2017; e.nst.com.my, 31 Aug 2011)
Ambitions
To run her own diving academy. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
At age 14 she left her hometown of Kuching, Malaysia, and moved to Kuala Lumpur to begin training with the national team. A year later she made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She has gone on to make a further three appearances at the Games, winning bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016. "At the age of 14, I left home to pursue my career as a national diver. I had to make some sacrifices. I had to learn how to be independent, to be wiser. And then I had to learn new skills in order to become independent. As I gradually improved in diving, I surprised myself when I qualified for my first Olympic Games in Beijing at the age of 15. Since then, I forced myself to think wiser than my age and set long-term goals to compete in more Olympics." (olympics.com, 04 Aug 2021; astroawani.com, 25 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform 245.85 
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 277.98
11 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 330.45
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform Synchro  
3 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 359.20
8 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 283.50
7 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 308.52
Preliminary Round 2008 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 249.20
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 338.85
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 298.68
5 2022 Budapest, HUN Team Event 350.25
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform 349.25
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 312.72
9 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 322.40
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 328.74
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 385.05 
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 303.60 
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 331.14
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 289.20
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform 334.55
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 305.34
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform 355.85
5 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform 354.45
3 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 321.66
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform 319.40
2 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 287.10
2 2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform 332.40
1 2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 311.28
2 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 312.72
19 2014   10m Platform  
3 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform 354.00
2 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 327.84
2 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 295.62
8 2012   10m Platform  
5 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 287.58
4 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 283.80
1 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 379.70
5 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 301.32
14 2011   10m Platform  
2 2011 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 350.65
1 2011 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 312.96
12 2009   10m Platform  
3 2009 Shenzhen, CHN 10m Platform 320.85
48 2008   10m Platform  
12 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 280.65
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2009 Foshan, CHN 10m Platform 361.00
2 2009 Foshan, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 265.83
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2018 Jakarta, INA 10m Platform  
7 2014 Incheon, KOR 10m Platform 309.35
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 313.92
3 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform 344.45
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 311.94
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2020   10m Platform  
3 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 337.55
2 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 297.66
8 2019   10m Platform  
4 2019 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 330.15
4 2019 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 305.76
6 2019 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 285.00
7 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform 349.85
4 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 302.64
4 2018   10m Platform  
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 353.85
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 312.24
8 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform 321.10
3 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 310.32
6 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 318.65
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 318.54
4 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 343.15
1 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 322.74
5 2017   10m Platform  
8 2017 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 308.35
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 316.08
8 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform 338.35
3 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 332.46
6 2017 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 325.70
4 2017 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 283.02
6 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 345.55
2 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 298.80
6 2016   10m Platform  
9 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 286.20
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 311.70
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 364.85
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 309.12
3 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 303.42
5 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 342.05
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 355.80
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 284.52
3 2015   10m Platform  
6 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 344.35
4 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 362.55
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 335.20
4 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform 341.35
5 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform 334.25
3 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 371.25
2 2014   10m Platform  
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 368.50
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 303.96
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 358.75
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 314.64
3 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform 380.70
4 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 291.84
5 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform 363.35
7 2014 Monterrey, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 277.80
2 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 328.56
5 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 364.00
3 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 310.26
4 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 340.00
4 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 306.24
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 337.75
5 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 299.04
4 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform 334.40
3 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 311.46
2 2012   10m Platform  
3 2012   10m Platform Synchro  
3 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 372.15
4 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 322.14
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 316.38
3 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 369.75
4 2012 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 331.30
3 2012 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 321.00
5 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform 325.90
5 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 314.88
4 2011 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 357.05
2 2011 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 338.46
6 2011 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform 354.15
2 2011 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 369.45
4 2011 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 304.98
6 2011 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform 311.30
4 2011 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 322.08
7 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform 322.35
5 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 286.08
6 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 294.20
4 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 330.15
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 287.64