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Mun Yee
Leong
MalaysiaMalaysia, MAS
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
04 December 1984
Height
164 cm
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education
Communications - University of Putra Malaysia [UPM]: Kuala Selangor, MAS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming classes at age two. She began diving at age 10 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
Her parents encouraged her to take up the sport. "It was 1995 and the National Sports Council appointed a new diving coach to visit Perak to select divers for the 1998 Commonwealth Games squad. My parents took me to the tryouts and I was one of the six chosen from my state for the national team and eventually, the only one from Perak who competed at the Commonwealth Games at that time."
Name of coach
Li Rui [national], CHN; Christian Brooker [national], AUS

International Debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Malaysia
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General Interest

Hobbies
Shopping, watching films. (bharian.com.my, 05 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 10m synchronised platform at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese divers Fu Mingxia and Guo Jingjing. (bolapantaitimur.blogspot.com, 10 Feb 2014)
Injuries
She underwent nose surgery in 2016. (nst.com.my, 20 Oct 2016)

She sustained neck and back injuries in 2014, which caused her to pull out of Grand Prix events in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 22 Oct 2014)

In 2013 she spent two weeks in hospital after suffering a viral infection while training in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (nst.com.my, 19 Mar 2013)

She underwent a wrist operation in 2004. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was Malaysia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2015 South East Asian Games in Singapore. (southeastasiansports.blogspot.com, 15 Mar 2015)

She received the 2013/14 Excellent Achievement Special Award at the 2015 Perak Sport Award Ceremony. (themalaysiantimes.com.my, 23 Dec 2015)

Together with her diving partner Pandelela Rinong, she received National Sports Awards in 2009 and 2013 for Best Female Team. (theborneopost.com, 20 May 2014; bernama.com, 27 Apr 2010)

She was named the 2009 Sportswoman of the Year by the Malaysian Universities Sports Council [MASUM]. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)

She was named Perak Sportswoman of the Year in Malaysia on four occasions between 1996 and 2009. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)

In 2007 she was presented with the Ahli Mahkota Perak [AMP] Honour by the Sultan of Perak in Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 23 Apr 2007)

She was named the 2001 Olympian of the Year by the Olympic Council of Malaysia. (Facebook page, 10 May 2015)
Milestones
Her appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London made her the first female Malaysian athlete to have competed at four editions of the Olympic Games. She also represented Malaysia in 2000, 2004 and 2008. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 05 Nov 2017)

In 2009 she and Pandelela Rinong became the first divers representing Malaysia to win a medal at the world championships, claiming bronze in the 10m synchronised platform event in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; The Star, 21 Jul 2010)

In 2002, together with Farah Begum Abdullah, she became the first female Malaysian diver to win a medal at the Asian Games. The pair claimed bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard in Busan, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; The Star, 08 Feb 2007)
Famous relatives
His brother has competed in swimming for Perak state in Malaysia. (buro247.my, 06 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thestar.com.my, 05 Feb 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
She says she plans to retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I've always set one goal after another throughout my career, that keeps me going. I'm driven to compete in my fifth Olympics [in 2020], I know I can still do it. I have a personal goal, and that's to end my career with an Olympic medal. That's the only medal missing from my trophy cabinet. I failed to make it to the Rio 2016 edition, but I've no intention of giving up although age is catching up. I've got to push myself harder in each training session, but it's worth it. 2020 is my last year. It's going to be very special to go for my fifth Olympics as nobody [representing Malaysia] has done it before. I will retire whether I make it to the Games or not. I would love to start my own diving academy. Many parents are keen to send their children for diving lessons, but they don't know where to go. I always wanted to give back to the sport and play a part in its development." (thestar.com.my, 02 Jan 2020; thestar.com.my, 05 Feb 2019; bharian.com.my, 05 Feb 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She is studying for a master's degree in corporate communications at the University of Putra Malaysia [UPM]. "Believe it or not, I only graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2017. Despite the entire process of juggling my time between training and studying, I decided to pursue my post-graduate." (femalemag.com.my, 01 Oct 2019)