Former diving world champion, Cheong Jun Hoong announced her retirement from the sport on Tuesday (December 4th).
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The decision was made after the National Sports Council (NSC) and Malaysia Swimming (MS) opted not to renew her contract as a full-time athlete under the national programme this year.
Jun Hoong has won the 10m platform individual world title at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest under former coach Yang Zhuliang, and the platform synchro silver with Pandelela Rinong at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
She remains as the only world champion Malaysia has produced in the sport, as reported by the New Straits Times.
The 31-year-old has also won titles in every major diving championship and multi-sport games. However, she has not been able to progress following a knee surgery in 2018, which kept her out of the Incheon Asian Games and other meets.
She took to her Instagram to thank her supporters, “Although I wanted to continue representing the country, my contract was not renewed.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the years and helping in my development as a diver. On this note, I have decided to retire,” she said.
Thank you Jun Hoong for all that you’ve done for the country! We are so proud of you!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat