CHEONG Jun Hoong < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Malaysia   
Gender Women
Born 16 Apr 1990 in Ipoh, MAS
Height1.53 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Ipoh, MAS
Occupation Athlete
Languages Cantonese, English, Malay
Higher education Communications - University Putra Malaysia: Serdang, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up diving at age nine.
Why this sport? Her father signed her up for swimming lessons at age four. At age nine she was invited to try diving by coach Zhou Xiyang.
Name of coach Yang Zhuliang [personal], CHN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (my.asiatatler.com, 13 Sep 2018)
Injuries In 2019 she sustained an injury to her right wrist, which was caused by using a crutch during her recovery from an injury to her left knee. (nst.com.my, 20 Mar 2019)

She suffered an injury to her left knee prior to a training camp for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, which ruled her out of contention for the Games. She underwent surgery in June the same year. (dailyexpress.com.my, 18 Jun 2020; nst.com.my, 03 Aug 2018; thestar.com.my, 01 Aug 2018)

She was troubled by back problems at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (nst.com.my, 20 Jul 2017)

She suffered a training injury in July 2015 that left her with damage to both heels after getting too close to the springboard while performing a dive. The injuries ruled her out of the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. She returned to competition in February 2016. (thestar.com.my, 18 Jul 2015; thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She considered retiring from the sport due to an injury in 2009. (thestar.com.my, 11 Aug 2016)

She sustained a back injury at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The injury forced her to miss the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. (The Star, 08 Feb 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Life is like an escalator, you can move forward or backward, but you cannot remain still. I choose to move forward." (Instagram profile, 30 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours In 2017 she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the National Sports Council of Malaysia. (bharian.com.my, 14 Mar 2018)
Milestones She became Malaysia's first diving world champion when she claimed gold in the 10m platform at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 20 Jul 2017)

Together with partner Pandelela Rinong, she won Malaysia's first Olympic synchronised diving medal after claiming the silver medal in the synchronised 10m platform event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 29 Jun 2016)
Other information DETERMINATION
She took a break from competition after undergoing a knee operation in June 2018. She resumed training in November 2019 and in her first meet she finished last in the 10m platform event at the 2020 Malaysia International Online Diving competition. "I had thought of retiring, but that is normal when you feel frustrated or face problems as we are humans after all. I still want to compete, and that is the spirit I have as an athlete. However, in order to compete, I have to make sure that I am in the best of shape for assignments. I'm not happy with my result [at the 2020 Malaysia International Online Diving competition], but I'm glad because I could complete the jump. I am also happy because I was able to force myself to learn a technical jump in a short time, because some people have said I could no longer jump. I have shown that I can still do it regardless of the outcome. Coach Yang Zhuliang encouraged me that I still can improve my performance in the future." In May 2021 she participated in the 10m platform at the World Cup event in Tokyo where she reached the semifinals and earned a qualification for the 2020 Games. "It was a pity that I did not make it to the final but I am still grateful that I managed to achieve my goal of qualifying for the Olympics. It has definitely been a very long and exhausting journey for me. And I'm relieved to qualify especially since this is my first [major] competition in three years." (nst.com.my, 07 May 2021; sinarharian.com.my, 07 Dec 2020; nst.com.my, 18 Oct 2020; dailyexpress.com.my, 18 Jun 2020; thestar.com.my, 10 Mar 2020)