SEA Games: Quiet start for Philippine divers, as Malaysia asserts strength

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2019 05:40 PM

Rose Ann Ocmer performs in the women's 3-meter springboard event in SEA Games diving at New Clark City in Capas town, Tarlac on December 6, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

NEW CLARK CITY—The Philippine divers came up empty on the opening day of Southeast Asian Games diving competition at the Aquatics Center here Friday.

None of the Filipina swimmers secured a medal in women's 3 meter springboard, as Monique Ann Demaisip finished fifth with 202.60 points after five dives.

Rose Ann Ocmer eighth and last, tallying only 172.80 points.

Demaisip and Ocmer started on the wrong foot, as both occupied the seventh and eighth places after the opening attempt.

Ocmer, however, flaunted an impressive inward 2 1/2 somersault to move to fourth place after three dives. She registered 48.60 on that dive alone.

But Ocmer was relegated to last place after a poor water entry in the fourth dive, which gave her just seven points.

Demaisip showed decent dives in the last two rounds in the hopes of a rally but her effort fell short.

Malaysia completed a 1-2 sweep of the event as Yan Yee Ng amassed a whopping 298.90 markers, followed by Jasmine Lai Pui Yee (241.95). Vietnam's Phuong Mai Ngo settled for bronze after losing by 0.70 only to the second placer.

Diving action resumes Saturday with the women's 3-m synchronized springboard and men's 3-m springboard.

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