Malaysian duo through to 10m platform semis

Malaysian divers Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri both produced impressive performances to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 10m platform event in Rio.

Rinong’s combined total of 332.45 in the preliminary round was good enough to see her qualify in sixth place out of 28 athletes.

She achieved scores of 72.00, 65.25, 73.60, 52.80 and 68.80 from her five dives to finish just a fraction of a point behind Great Britain’s Tonia Couch in fifth place.

Rinong won bronze in this event at London 2012, becoming the first ever Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Sabri, bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also acquitted herself admirably, qualifying just two places below Rinong in eighth with a total of 325.85.

Leading the way was China’s Si Yajie with a combined total of 397.45. Only 17 years old, Si won the gold medal in the women’s 10m platform at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships when she was just 14.

The semi-finals follow on Thursday.