November winner: Jonathan Chan

Star of the Month: Diving in with both feet

National diver and The Straits Times Star of the Month for November Jonathan Chan receiving his trophy and prize from ST Sports Editor Lee Yulin (left) and F&N Foods general manager Jennifer See. He recorded a personal best of 438.55 points to win th
National diver and The Straits Times Star of the Month for November Jonathan Chan receiving his trophy and prize from ST Sports Editor Lee Yulin (left) and F&N Foods general manager Jennifer See. He recorded a personal best of 438.55 points to win the Fina Grand Prix Singapore 10m platform event ahead of Olympic silver medallist German Sanchez at the OCBC Aquatic Centre last month.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Chan endures pain to learn complex dive and win Fina Grand Prix gold last month

Jonathan Chan remembers crying and wanting to stop training after feeling the pain of a belly flop landing when he started diving.

Eight years on, the 21-year-old simply heaves a sigh of resignation after a belly flop, gets out of the pool, and makes his way up to the diving board to do it all over again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2018, with the headline 'Diving right in with both feet'. Print Edition | Subscribe