Malaysia pair mine silver in a green pool

SYNCHRONISED: Cheong and Pandelela of Malaysia (pictured) won the silver medal in the women's 10m platform synchro with 344.34 points, finishing strongly behind China's Chen and Liu.


    Aug 11, 2016

    Malaysia pair mine silver in a green pool

    DIVERS Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong delivered Malaysia's first medal at the Rio Games with a silver in the women's 10m platform synchro on Tuesday.

    The pair scored a total of 344.34 points after five dives at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.

    Lying in third place after the third dive, the Malaysians upped the ante to finish strongly behind China's Chen Roulin and Liu Huixia, who won the gold medal with a 354.00 total.

    Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion settled for bronze with 336.18.

    On Tuesday, the water in the Olympic diving pool was a bright green, baffling at least one diver, Briton Tonia Couch. She said she could not see her partner underwater, sparking questions about what went wrong.

    The problem may come from a faulty filter or problematic water quality, the executive director of swimming's world governing body Fina said.

    "No danger for divers, just not a good image for Olympic Broadcasting Services," said Fina's Cornel Marculescu.

    The pool's water was perfectly blue during the men's 10m platform event on Monday.

    Still, some divers shrugged off the colour change.

    Said Pandelela: "It's really normal for an outdoor pool so it's not a big deal for us."