Not even a torn tendon can stop Jellson from diving in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM: National diver Jellson Jablin admitted he took a big risk ignoring a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee to compete in the final of the men’s 10m (m) synchronized platform event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 here today.
Although he finished fifth with Hanis Jaya Surya in the event with 365.64 points at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Jellson said he was pleased with his performance.
In fact, he thought he could have performed better with Hanis had he not been injured.
“The patellar tendon in my left knee tore a week before we left for Birmingham 2022…it’s the worst injury I’ve ever suffered.
“My doctor told me not to push too hard because the tendon could tear completely and it will take longer to recover. But it’s the Commonwealth Games, I trained so hard it was out of the question. that I drop,” he told Bernama in the mixed zone here.
Although unfit, Jellson pledged to produce a more consistent performance when he teamed up with national diving queen Datuk Pandelela Rinong in the mixed 10m synchronized platform event on Monday (8 August).
Hanis, although frustrated with the way things have gone for them, hopes to make amends in the men’s 10m platform individual event on Sunday (August 7).
He believes their failure to do well on their third and fourth dives cost them a better spot in today’s final.
“Our performance today was quite disappointing. We didn’t do well on 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.
Matthew Lee-Noah Oliver Williams of England won the men’s 10m synchronized final with 429.78 points, followed by Canadian Rylan Mackenzie Wiens-Nathan Milner (413.85 points) and Australia’s Domonic Bedggood-Cassiel Rousseau ( 412.56 points).
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Kimberly Bong (225.00 points) and Ong Ker Ying (206.80 points) came second to last and last respectively in a field of 12 divers in the women’s 1m springboard individual final.
Canadian Mia Vallee won gold with 291.85 points, followed by Australian Mae O’Brien (279.60 points) and England’s Amy Elisabeth Rollinson (272.00 points).-Bernama