Pandelela Rinong

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Pandelela Rinong Pamg
Personal information
Full name Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg
Born (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 23)
Kampung Jugan, Bau, Sarawak
Height 159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Country  Malaysia
Event(s) 10 m, 10 m synchro, 3 m
Partner Cheong Jun Hoong
Coached by Li Lijie
This is a Malay name; the name Pamg is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Pandelela.

Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg, JBK (born 2 March 1993) is a Malaysian diver. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she became the first ever Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal, as well as the first in any sport other than Badminton, when she won the bronze medal in the 10 metre platform diving event.[1][2] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver medal in the 10m synchronized platform diving event.[3]


Pandelela is 5'3" tall and weighs 109 lbs.[4] She is from Kupuo Jugan, a Bidayuh village in Bau,[5] Sarawak. Pandelela is of Bidayuh ethnicity, a Bumiputera native to the Malaysian state of Sarawak. At the age of seven she was selected as a state diver and continued her training at the Bukit Jalil Sports School in Kuala Lumpur.[6] After studying at SMK Tabuan Jaya for two years, Pandelela was drafted into the national diving squad for training," school’s principal, Hassan Wa’Gani said on the Olympian who was able to get along with her classmates although she was a quiet and well-mannered girl.


At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, she won a bronze medal in the Women's 10 m Synchronized Platform with Mun Yee Leong[7] and placed 5th in the Women's 10 m platform.[8] She also competed in the Women's 10 m platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[9]

She was the flag bearer for the Malaysian contingent at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore where she won the silver medals in the girls' 10m platform event and 3m springboard event.[10]

At New Delhi 2010, she won Malaysia's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in an aquatic sport by winning the women's 10m platform.

She became Malaysia's first female flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics where she competed in the individual 10 m platform and the 10 m platform synchronised event with her partner Leong Mun Yee.[11]

She became the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympics medal, and the first Malaysian athlete to win an Olympics medal in a sport besides badminton by winning a bronze medal in the Women's 10 m platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[11]

To commemorate her success,she was presented with the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (Companion of the Order of the Star of Hornbill) by the Sarawak State Government,in a special investiture ceremony,held at the Astana shortly after her triumphant return to her homeland.[12] She became Sarawak's first athlete to be accorded with the award.[13]

In July 2015, Pandelela made history when she became the first Malaysian to finish on the podium in an individual event in the World Aquatics Championships.[14] She clinched a bronze medal in the women’s 10m platform individual discipline in the event held in Kazan, Russia. With that win, Pandelela became the first Malaysian athlete to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.[15]

She represented Malaysia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 9 August 2016, She and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver medal in the women's 10m synchronized diving event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first Malaysian women's team to win a silver medal at the Olympics.[16] In honour of her achievement at the 2016 Summer Olympics, The Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya, Sarawak was officially named Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre.[17]



  • ARN-9027WH NVY
  • ARN-1021W DNM
  • FAR-2510W MLT

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2010 Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete Won [18]
2011 National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [19]
2011-2012 Sarawak Sports Award Sportwoman of the Year Won [20]
2012 Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK) by the Sarawak Government - Won [13]
National Press Club (NPC) – Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year - Won [21]
National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [19]
SAM-100PLUS-KBS Awards Athlete of the Year Won [22]
2015 National Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year Won [23]
TM Fans Pick Awards - Glorious Moment Won
2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favourite Asian Sports Star Nominated [24][25]
Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100plus Sports Awards Best Athlete Won [26]
Anugerah Pilihan Online Online Choice Female Sports Star Nominated [27]

Personal life[edit]

She is an ardent fan of K-pop and Japanese anime.[28] Pandalela cited Big Bang as her favorite musician.[29] She has 100,000 followers on Instagram, and have over 117,000 likes on her official Facebook page.[29]


  • Indovino, Shaina (2005). Malaysian Superstars Athletes: Pandelela Rinong. Malaysia: Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia. ISBN 9789674303150. 

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Azizulhasni Awang
Flagbearer for  Malaysia
London 2012
Succeeded by
Lee Chong Wei


  1. ^ Olympics diving: Chen Ruolin wins second gold in 10m platform BBC News, 9 August 2012
  2. ^ S. Ramaguru (10 August 2012). "Pandelela wins historic diving bronze in 10m platform". The Star. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Vijesh Rai (10 August 2016). "(Olympic) Divers Cheong Jun Hoong and Pandelela Rinong win silver, first medal for Malaysia in Rio 2016". New Straits Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Pandelela Rinong Pamg, 2012 Olympics profile, BBC Sport
  5. ^ "Pandelela – Shining example of true grit". 21 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Dennis Wong & Desmond Davidson (11 August 2012). "Pandelela does nation proud with medal win". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
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  9. ^ "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics | Pandelela Rinong PAMG Profile & Bio, Photos & Videos | NBC Olympics". 2 March 1993. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Lim, Teik Huat (24 August 2010). "Pandelela caps outing in Youth Olympics with another silver". Star Publications (M) Bhd. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Zulhilmi Supaat (10 August 2012). "Pandelela, Malaysia's first woman to win Olympic medal". The Borneo Post. 
  12. ^ Dennis Wong (22 August 2012). "Sarawak confers award on diver Pandelela". New Straits Times. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Pandelela receives Johan Bintang Kenyalang award". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Ajitpal Singh (31 July 2015). "Historic win for Pandelela in World Aquatics Championships". New Straits Times. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Bernama (31 July 2015). "Najib congratulates Pandelela for becoming first Malaysian athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics". Malay Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Olympics Primetime". Rio Olympics. 9 August 2016. NBC. 
  17. ^ Bernama (3 September 2016). "Sarawak Aquatic Centre named after Pandelela Rinong". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Pandelela wins SAM-100PLUS Sports Awards 2010". AIPS. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Pandelela retains Sportswoman crown". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Pandelela Rinong crowned Sarawak sportswoman of the year, again". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Pandelela Rinong awarded the NPC-Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year award". Paul Tan. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "Pendelela Picks Up Second SAM-100PLUS Best Athlete Crown". FNBM. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "Pandelela, Al-Jufferi named as country's top athletes". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Pandelela nominated for Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2016: Jeron Teng wins Favorite Asian Sports Star". Rappler. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Pandelela wins third SAM-100Plus best athlete award". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "APO 2016 Winners". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  28. ^ Yu Ji; Zora Chan; Brian Matthews (12 August 2012). "Pandelela is just your regular girl next door". The Star. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. 
  29. ^ a b Michael Cheang (11 September 2016). "Getting to know the real Pandelela Rinong". The Star.