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Jun Hoong
Cheong
MalaysiaMalaysia, MAS
Female
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 April 1990
Height
153 cm
Weight
46 kg
Residence
Ipoh, MAS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
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
Yang Zhuliang [national], CHN

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing piano, singing. (thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)
Injuries
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 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)
Awards and honours
She was nominated for the 2014 Malaysian Sportswoman of the Year. (thestar.com.my, 29 Apr 2015)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She 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 diving 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. This was also the first Olympic silver medal won by a Malaysian female athlete. (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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