Cheong Jun Hoong is Malaysia's first world diving champion! She defeated crowd favourites from China and North Korea to come out on top with a nailbitingly close score of 397.50 in the women's 10m platform individual at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
With this record-breaking accomplishment, Cheong has crossed off one of her career goals, further adding that "I am totally excited. Winning the gold medal has made me realise that I have achieved and completed another milestone of my diving career."
In disbelief with her spectacular achievement, Cheong told the media that "My god, I’m a world champion! Of course it is a dream come true. It is the first gold medal at world championships in diving for Malaysia, it’s unexpected and unbelievable. I hoped a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers. I have focused only for myself and I watched the scoreboard after the last dive of Si Yajie, so I realised my win only at that moment."
On top of this golden victory, she also won a bronze with partner Pandelela Rinong in the women's 10m platform synchro on Sunday.
What fuels Cheong's triumph is also the people in her life. "I would like to thank my coaches, family, friends, supporters and other key people who have played an important role in my life for believing in me and stood by me," she states.
Another major reason for the star swimmer's achievement is her persistence in chasing her goals. "Stay focus[ed] and believe in your dreams," Jun Hoong adds.
Congratulations Jun Hoong - you're a champion inside and out!