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Jun Hoong
Cheong
MalaysiaMalaysia, MAS
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 April 1990
Height
153 cm
Weight
46 kg
Residence
Ipoh, MAS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - University Putra Malaysia: Serdang, MAS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up diving at age nine.
Why this sport?
Her father initially signed her up for swimming lessons at age four but at age nine diving coach Zhou Xiyang invited her to try diving.
Name of coach
Christian Brooker [national], AUS

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing piano, singing. (thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and bronze medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (my.asiatatler.com, 13 Sep 2018)
Injuries
She suffered an injury to her left knee prior to a training camp for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, which ruled her out of contention for the Games. Doctors expected she would require six to nine months of rehabilitation before resuming training. (nst.com.my, 03 Aug 2018; thestar.com.my, 01 Aug 2018)

She won a gold medal despite being troubled by back problems at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (nst.com.my, 20 Jul 2017)

She suffered a training injury in July 2015 that left her with damage to both her heels after getting too close to the springboard while performing a dive. The injuries ruled her out of the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. She returned to competition in February 2016 at the World Cup event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (thestar.com.my, 18 Jul 2015; thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She considered retiring from the sport due to an injury in 2009. (thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She sustained a back injury at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The injury forced her to miss the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. (The Star, 08 Feb 2007)

She suffered a wrist injury in 2005. (RTM Olympics, 08 Feb 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is like an escalator, you can move forward or backward, but you cannot remain still. I choose to move forward." (Instagram profile, 30 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Sportswoman of the Year in 2017 by the National Sports Council of Malaysia. (bharian.com.my, 14 Mar 2018)

She was nominated for the 2014 Malaysian Sportswoman of the Year award. (thestar.com.my, 29 Apr 2015)
Other information
INJURY BREAK
Doctors recommended she take six to nine months out of training following the left knee injury that ruled her out of contention for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. "My knee started swelling and I had it checked thinking I could get back and train. They removed some fluid from the knee and it was getting better. During rehab I thought I'd be able to make the squad [for the Asian Games] and I was fighting to be fit but the swelling came back. I can't think of anything now other than to focus on my recovery. For my own good I better listen to the doctors advice so I can prolong my career." (malaymail.com, 03 Aug 2018)

NATIONAL FIRST
In 2018, she and diving partner Pandelela Rinong became the first Malaysian synchronised divers to win gold at a Diving World Series event when they did so in Montreal, QC, Canada. She also became Malaysia's first diving world champion when she claimed gold in the 10m platform at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. A year earlier, together with partner Pandelela Rinong, she won Malaysia's first Olympic synchronised diving medal, following their silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 28 Apr 2018; thestar.com.my, 20 Jul 2017, 29 Jun 2016; nst.com.my, 10 Aug 2016)

CONTACTS IN COMPETITION
She wears contact lenses when competing even though the chlorine in the pool is not good for them. "My vision is quite bad. It is easier for me with contact lenses as I can see what my coaches are signalling from the side when I'm on the springboard or platform. I can't go for corrective eye laser treatments as I also have astigmatism [an eye condition causing blurred vision]." (nst.com.my, 01 Jan 2014)

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