Twin brothers bag diving silver

Twin brothers bag diving silver

Another day, another silver lining for the resurgent sport of diving in Singapore.

A day after winning the silver in the men's 3m springboard event - the Republic's first diving medal since Lee Po Ling's women's springboard bronze at the 1985 SEA Games - Mark Lee teamed up with twin brother Timothy to claim another silver in the men's synchro 3m springboard at the Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre last Friday.

This is also the first time Singapore has participated in the diving events since 2003.

Singapore Swimming Association diving manager Damien Ler hopes that the Lee brothers' achievements will help grow the profile of the sport in Singapore.

He said: "Previously we have been hampered by a lack of facilities and results. But, with the 2010 Youth Olympics being the catalyst, we started to develop the sport in 2009.

"With help from Asian powerhouses Malaysia, whom we consulted, we have created a total programme and community, which includes recruiting volunteers to run competitions.

"And we hope that Mark and Timothy will become new diving heroes, as this will attract aspiring divers to want to participate, compete and represent Singapore."

While the combined difficulty level of their six dives (16.1) were behind that of Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang and Ahmad Ams Azman (17.4) and Indonesia's Akhmad Jamjami and Adityo Resto Putra (16.5), the Lees made up the gap with tight and competent jumps.

Pip

After six jumps, the 19-year-olds scored 336.45, pipping Indonesia (334.62) to the silver while favourites Malaysia (373.35) took home the gold.

Timothy, who is older by two minutes, said: "I guess it does help that we are twins.

"We look the same and we have the same physique and weight (69kg), so we press the board at the same time. We also have good chemistry, so you can call it twin power."

Later in the day, Fong Kay Yian and Myra Lee won the bronze in the women's synchro 3m springboard with a score of 223.53.

Malaysia's Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong (293.70) won the gold while silver went to Indonesia's Eka Purna Inda and Dewi Setyaningsih (249.90).

davidlee@sph.com.sg


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