Malaysian diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri has been trending all over social media after coming in fourth at the women’s 3m springboard finals at the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old scored 326.15 points in the event, just missing out on a bronze medal, behind the USA’s Krysta Palmer. The top two spots went to Chinese divers Shi Tingmao (gold) and Wang Han (silver).

Dhabitah became the youngest Malaysia diver in 2012 to win at a senior international competition by winning two events at the South-East Asia Swimming Championships in Singapore. At the 2013 SEA Games, Dhabitah won the gold medal in 10-meter synchronised platform with Leong Mun Yee.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Dhabitah won the bronze medal in 10-meter synchronised platform with Pandelela Rinong. At the 2015 SEA Games, Dhabitah and Ng Yan Yee won the gold medal in 3-meter synchronised springboard. In September 2015, after winning the women’s 10-meter platform individual at the 2015 Asian Diving Cup, Dhabitah earned a slot to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In her first event at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dhabitah and Cheong Jun Hoong finished fifth in the 3-meter synchronized springboard. They were in bronze medal position after the third dive but a mistake by Cheong Jun Hoong in the fourth dive cost Dhabitah a first Olympic medal. Dhabitah advances to the final of 10-meter platform. n April 2017, Dhabitah teamed up with Pandelela Rinong to bagged a silver in 10-meter synchronised platform in Windsor, Canada. It was her first medal in the Diving World Series.

Dhabitah was chosen to light up the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Her recent placing was also her personal Olympic best. Netizens were full of praise for both her winning smile and ability to perform under pressure.

Though she did not win a medal, yet she has made us proud. There is always the next Olympic! Thank you Dhabitah!

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