RINONG Pandelela < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Malaysia   
Gender Women
Born 02 Mar 1993 in Kuching, MAS
Height1.61 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Malay, Mandarin
Higher education Sports Management - University of Malaya: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began diving at age eight in Kuching, Malaysia.
Why this sport? "I was picked by a swimming coach while she was on a visit to my primary school to look for potential swimmers to join her training programme. I was later given the choice to learn diving as I was not afraid of heights and was brave enough to jump from a three-metre board."
Club / Team Sarawak: Kuching, MAS
Name of coach Li Rui [national], CHN; Christian Brooker [national], AUS
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Malaysia
Tournament South East Asian Games
Location Nakhon Ratchasima, THA
General Interest
Nicknames Lela [given to her by her coach]. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hobbies Watching movies, listening to music. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning bronze in the 10m platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career Her state diving coach, who influenced her decision to pursue the sport seriously. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol US diver David Boudia. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Injuries She sustained a back injury during training at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. She skipped the synchronised 10m platform event and had to withdraw after the first round of the individual 10m platform due to the pain. (thestar.com.my, 30 Aug 2018; bernama.com, 30 Aug 2018)

She suffered from back and shoulder problems from 2014 right the way through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (thestar.com.my, 24 Aug 2016)

She suffered a knee injury in July 2014 that affected her participation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The injury also meant she could only compete in two events at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (thestar.com.my, 06 Aug 2014; thestar.com.my, 29 Sep 2014)

She suffered an ankle injury in 2012 after the Olympic Games in London that kept her out of the Asian championships and the ASEAN University Games. (nst.com.my, 03 Mar 2013)

She fractured a bone in her toe in 2010 that took six months to heal. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She likes to wear her lucky swimsuit. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up in achieving your dreams, and be honest and kind to others." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours She was named the 2011, 2012 and 2015 Sportswoman of the Year by the National Sports Council of Malaysia. (pandelela.my, 31 Mar 2018)

In 2011 and 2013 she was named Best Sportswoman at Bukit Jalil Sports School [BJSS] in Malaysia. (theborneopost.com, 25 Nov 2013; thestar.com.my, 16 Nov 2011)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fina.org, 18 Mar 2016)

She was named the 2009 and 2010 Sportswoman of the Year in Sarawak, Malaysia. (thestar.com.my, 15 Nov 2013)

She was flag bearer for Malaysia at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. (thestar.com.my, 26 Aug 2010)
Milestones She became the first female Malaysian athlete in any sport to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she took bronze in the 10m platform event at the 2012 Games in London. It was also the first Olympic diving medal won by a Malaysian athlete of either gender. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; theborneopost.com, 10 Aug 2012)

She and Leong Mun Yee became the first divers representing Malaysia to win a medal at the world championships, following their bronze in the synchronised 10m platform event at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; fina.org, 18 Mar 2016)
Famous relatives Her older brother Pardika Indoma has represented Malaysia in diving. He was ranked ninth in the 3m springboard synchro at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2017; e.nst.com.my, 31 Aug 2011)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, and to run her own diving academy. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 23 Jul 2021)
Other information EYES ON TOKYO
After competing at three previous editions of the Olympic Games, she says the 2020 Games in Tokyo may be her final Olympic appearance. "Tokyo 2020 is another milestone and I want to achieve something special in my diving career. It could be my last Olympics, therefore I want to prepare hard and give my all for it. The expectations are high and honestly, it's not easy. But I want to have some breakthrough in my fourth Olympics. Leong Mun Yee [synchronised partner] and I have been training hard to maintain our overall fitness level as we are not getting any younger. As each of us strive to improve ourselves, this will also motivate and inspire each other to be better in training and competition." (thestar.com.my, 01 Jan 2020)

POOL HONOUR
In 2017 the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre was opened in Petra Jaya, Malaysia. (utusanborneo.com.my, 02 Mar 2017)