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Yan Yee NG
Sport Diving
NOC Malaysia   
GenderWomen
Born11 Jul 1993 in Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Height1.55 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Cantonese, English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Malaya: Petaling Jaya, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
"Initially I was a rhythmic gymnast but my talent for diving was spotted by coach Yang Zhuliang. He said my physical build was good for the sport."
Club / Team
Ikan Bilis Swimming Club: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Name of coach
Li Rui [national], CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Wendy (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Pottery, reading, watching Korean television shows, charity work, painting. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. (olympic.org.my, 24 Sep 2020; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She sustained a shoulder injury during a training session before she competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 03 Aug 2021; ocasia.org, 03 Aug 2021)

She underwent shoulder surgery in October 2018 and returned to training with the national team in May 2019. (thestar.com.my, 19 Jul 2019; bharian.com.my, 22 Oct 2018)

Following her victory in the 3m springboard at the 2016 Grand Prix in Kuching, Malaysia, she took the remainder of 2016 off to recover from shoulder and back injuries. The back injury also forced her to miss the 2017 World Series event in Windsor, ON, Canada. (stadiumastro.com, 18 Apr 2017; thestar.com.my, 22 Oct 2016)

She injured her left shoulder in 2014. She had to rest for a week and then treated it with acupuncture and painkillers. (thestar.com.my, 11 Jul 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
At competitions she does breathing exercises, and likes to give herself a pep talk in front of a mirror. (mens-health.com.my, 09 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just be patient, keep the consistency going and never give up." (fourthofficial.com, 03 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was presented with the Sports Special Badge by the University of Malaya in recognition of her achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (University of Malaya Facebook page, 30 Mar 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She considered retiring from the sport following the shoulder and back injuries she sustained in 2016. "I have faced severe injuries such as a back pain and I was at the stage of giving up. But my teammates helped me to boost my spirits, keep working hard to recover from the injury, and stay in contention to be one of the best national divers. As a professional athlete, injury is a normal thing in our careers; the more we want to avoid it, the higher the risk of an injury occurring. I went for the shoulder operation [in 2018] but it still felt painful at times. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, I had more time to recuperate and feel so much better now." (thestar.com.my, 11 Oct 2020; ocasia.org, 24 Sep 2020)

SANCTION
In March 2018 she was suspended for eight months after testing positive for the prohibited substance sibutramine at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The suspension was backdated to August 2017, meaning she was eligible to return to competition in April 2018. (malaymail.com, 06 Dec 2019; thestar.com.my, 02 Mar 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2021 Tokyo, JPN 3m Springboard 251.95
10 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 3m Springboard 306.60
24 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard 257.85
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2022 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard Synchro 282.45
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard Synchro 275.46
9 2019 Gwangju, KOR 3m Springboard 282.40
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 277.35
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard 285.30
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard Synchro 288.72
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard 311.10
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 294.66
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 291.42 
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard 275.70
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard 220.20
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 264.60
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2020 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 239.40
3 2019 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard 306.55
1 2019 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard Synchro 299.22
1 2016 Kuching, MAS 3m Springboard 338.25
9 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard 284.10
1 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 297.00
11 2014   3m Springboard  
4 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard 309.70
1 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard Synchro 274.41
33 2013   3m Springboard  
11 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 264.35
3 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 282.90
15 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 238.70
17 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 253.75
40 2011   3m Springboard  
19 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 238.15
10 2011 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 270.50
4 2011 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 260.70
12 2010 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 217.30
7 2010 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 254.28
24 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard 181.30
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2012 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 249.60
3 2009 Foshan, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 258.78
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Jakarta, INA 3m Springboard 304.80
2 2018 Jakarta, INA 3m Springboard Synchro 298.23
5 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard 287.80
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 287.70
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 279.90
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 262.74
6 2019 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 285.00
10 2017   3m Springboard  
9 2017 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 280.50
6 2017 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 268.62
6 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 3m Springboard 314.15
4 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 301.98
8 2017 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard 279.15
5 2017 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 280.53
7 2016   3m Springboard  
12 2016 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 253.95
7 2016 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 329.20
6 2016 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard 306.40
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard 332.40
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 279.33
6 2015 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 283.29
17 2014   3m Springboard  
8 2014 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 282.60
4 2014 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 274.80
6 2014 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 284.70
8 2014 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard 305.10
3 2014 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 305.40
4 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 297.60
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 289.80
9 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 3m Springboard 265.35
3 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 305.70