Cheong Jun Hoong became Malaysia’s golden girl on Wednesday when she won the country’s first ever diving gold medal at the 2017 FINA world championships in Budapest.
Cheong’s win in the women’s 10-metre platform event broke years of Chinese dominance in the event.
“My god, I’m a world champion!” said Cheong after the event.
“I hoped for a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers,” she said.
Her winning total of 397.50 points put her just ahead of China’s Si Yajie, who took the silver medal with a final total of 396.00 points.
Commenting on Cheong’s win, Si said: “[Her] win is a little surprise for me, but I congratulate her.”
Olympic champion Ren Qian, also of China, silver medallist in the event in 2015, claimed the bronze medal with a score of 391.95.
Chinese athletes have dominated diving world championships for years, racking up 22 medals in the process.
The gold medal winner from four years ago, Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea, finished fourth on 388.55 points.