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Pandelela Rinong

Pandelela Rinong

Name: Pandelela Rinong

Occupation: Malaysian diver

Industry: Sports

How she got started: She was discovered by a swimming coach when she was about eight years old and due to her fearlessness, she was later given the choice to learn diving instead. She made her first international debut at the 2007 Asian Junior Aquatics Championships where she clinched four gold medals. 

Notable achievements: Claiming Malaysia's first world championship medal with a bronze at the 2009 World Championships in Rome with partner Leong Mun Yee. In that same competition, her participation also marked her as the younger Malaysian female diver to qualify for a world championship final. Most notably, she was the first female Malaysian athlete in any sport to win an Olympic medal after clinching a bronze in the 10m platform at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she stepped up her game further with partner Cheong Jun Hoong to claim the silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform, becoming the first Malaysian women's team do so. 

Something you might not have known about her: She initially dreamt of becoming an air stewardess as she likes planes.

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