BIRMINGHAM: National diver Jellson Jabillin has admitted to taking a big risk by ignoring a partially torn patellar tendon on his left knee to compete in the final of the men’s 10-meter (m) synchronized platform event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games here today.
Despite finishing fifth with Hanis Jaya Surya in the event with 365.64 points at the Sandwell Aquatics Center, Jellson said he was satisfied with his performance.
In fact, he believed that he could have performed better with Hanis had he been injury-free.
“The patellar tendon on my left knee tore a week before we left for Birmingham 2022 … this is the worst injury I have ever suffered.
“My doctor told me not to push myself too hard as the tendon might tear fully and it will take a longer time to recover. But this is the Commonwealth Games, I’ve trained so hard so there was no way I would just let it go, ”he told Bernama at the mixed zone here.
Despite being unfit, Jellson has vowed to produce a more consistent performance when he partners national diving queen Datuk Pandelela Rinong in the mixed synchronized 10m platform event on Monday (Aug 8).
Hanis, though frustrated with how things turned out for them, hopes to make amends in the men’s 10m platform individual event on Sunday (Aug 7).
He feels that their failure to do well in their third and fourth dives cost them a better placing in today’s final.
“Our performance today was quite disappointing. We did not do well in our third and fourth dives probably due to a lack of confidence. For my next event, I know it will be difficult to be among the medalists but I hope to finish in the top five, ”he said.
England’s Matthew Lee-Noah Oliver Williams won the men’s 10m synchronized platform final with 429.78 points, followed by Canada’s Rylan Mackenzie Wiens-Nathan Milner (413.85 points) and Australian Domonic Bedggood-Cassiel Rousseau (412.56 points).
Meanwhile, Malaysians Kimberly Bong (225.00 points) and Ong Ker Ying (206.80 points) came out second last and last respectively in a field of 12 divers in the women’s 1m springboard individual final.
Canada’s Mia Vallee won gold with 291.85 points, followed by Australia’s Mae O’Brien (279.60 points) and England’s Amy Elisabeth Rollinson (272.00 points).Bernama