Despite not winning any medals, Singaporeans had something to cheer about on Saturday as Freida Lim and Myra Lee recorded a new personal best score of 251.67 in the women’s synchronised 10m platform event at the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2015.
Freida Lim of Singapore during the women's 10m preliminaries on Day One of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2015. Photo: Sport Singapore
This result surpassed their previous record of 244.32, which was set at the recent World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and helped them to an eventual fourth-placed finish in the event.
Even though she took a breather away from the sport after the World Championships, Lee was “quite pleased” with her own performance. “We’re quite happy with our performance today because all of our dives were very consistent,” the 21-year-old said.
Lee, who is pursuing her undergraduate studies at Singapore Management University, plans to adjust her academic schedule to cater to training needs. Moving forward, the duo is looking to increase the difficulty levels of their dives in the lead-up to the upcoming World Cup.
In the women’s synchronised 3m springboard final, compatriots Fong Kay Yian and Ashlee Tan also suffered heartbreak as they missed out on a podium finish, coming in fourth with a total score of 231.78.
The pair added a new dive, 205B, to their repertoire and had only come together to train for it a week before the competition. The dive has a difficulty level of three and involves backward two and a half somersaults.
Ashlee Tan (top) and Fong Kay Yian of Singapore in action during the women's synchronised 3m springboard final on Day Two of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2015. Photo: Sport Singapore
“We tried our best, so we’re quite satisfied and we’ll improve from here,” Fong said after the competition.
For the visitors, China continued to dominate the seventh leg of the competition but were denied a clean sweep, clinching nine of 10 events, as Britain's Lois Toulson stole the women’s 10m platform gold with a score of 345.25, edging out runner-up Wang Han by 2.55 points.
The next leg of the Grand Prix will continue on October 23-25 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the concluding leg of the tour will be held in Australia from October 29 to November 1.