London (The Star/ANN) - Yeoh Ken Nee waved goodbye to diving after finishing 10th in the 3m individual springboard competition at the Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park in London last night.
The 29-year-old was the first Malaysian to have qualified for the final of the diving individual competition.
But while celebrating his best ever finish in the event at the highest level, Yeoh also said this was the last diving event for him as an athlete.
"Yes, I have finished with competition in the diving events. I have been diving actively for the country since I was 12 years old.
"I have also achieved many firsts (for Malaysia) for diving, like being the first medallist at the Junior World Championships, and the first diving medallist at the SEA Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
"Now I have qualified for the final of the Olympics and finished in 10th position. It is an achievement that I am proud of and believe it should inspire the younger divers to do better," he said.
In the final, Ken Nee's scored was the lowest of the three rounds in which he has taken part.
He scored 437.46, while in the semi-finals, he had scored 441.65 and 452.60 in the preliminaries.
But the scores did not matter Tuesday as he had already surpassed his expectations by making the finals.
The event also saw an upset when Russain Ilya Zhakarov took the gold medal. China's favourite, Qin Kai, was second followed by his teammate He Chong.
It was the first diving gold medal in London that China had failed to win in six events. They had swept all the other five medals at stake before this event.
There are two more platform events to go in the men and women's competitions.