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Pandelela
Rinong
MalaysiaMalaysia, MAS
Female
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
02 March 1993
Height
162 cm
Weight
52 kg
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Malaya: Kuala Lumpur, MAS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age eight.
Why this sport?
"I was picked by a swimming coach while she was on a visit to my primary school to look for potential swimmers to join her training programme. I was later given the choice to learn diving as I was not afraid of heights and was brave enough to jump from a three-metre board."
Name of coach
Christian Brooker [national], AUS

International Debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Malaysia
Tournament
South East Asian Games
Location
Thailand

General Interest

Nicknames
Lulu G-Dolphine (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Listening to K-pop music, watching Japanese anime. (Facebook page, 07 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (negaraku.com, 12 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Injuries
She suffered from back and shoulder problems from 2014 right the way through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (thestar.com.my, 24 Aug 2016)

She suffered a knee injury in July 2014 that affected her participation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The injury also meant she could only compete in two events at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (thestar.com.my, 06 Aug 2014; thestar.com.my, 29 Sep 2014)

She suffered an ankle injury in 2012 after the Olympic Games in London that kept her out of the Asian championships and the ASEAN University Games. (nst.com.my, 03 Mar 2013)

She fractured a bone in her toe in 2010 that took six months to heal. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)

She suffered a back injury in 2008. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2017 the 'Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre' was opened to the public in Petra Jaya, Malaysia. (utusanborneo.com.my, 02 Mar 2017)

In 2011 and 2013 she was named Best Sportswoman at Bukit Jalil Sports School [BJSS] in Malaysia. (theborneopost.com, 25 Nov 2013; thestar.com.my, 16 Nov 2011)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fina.org, 18 Mar 2016)

She was named the 2009 and 2010 Sportswoman of the Year in Sarawak, Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 15 Nov 2013)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. (thestar.com.my, 26 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Pardika Indoma has represented Malaysia in diving. He was ranked ninth in the 3m springboard synchro at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2017; e.nst.com.my, 31 Aug 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thestar.com.my, 24 Aug 2016)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
At age 15 she competed at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, and became the youngest Malaysian female diver to qualify for a world championship final. Two days later, with partner Leong Mun Yee, she claimed Malaysia's first world championship medal with bronze in the 10m synchronised platform event. She was also the first female Malaysian athlete in any sport to win an Olympic medal, claiming bronze in the 10m platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fina.org, 18 Mar 2016; theborneopost.com, 10 Aug 2012; Malay Mail, 30 Jul 2009)