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Chinese pair claims 5th consecutive gold in women’s synchronized 3m springboard at Tokyo 2020
Published: Jul 26, 2021 12:08 AM
China's Shi Tingmao (left) and Wang Han compete during the women's 3-meter springboard finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday. Photo: VCG

China's Shi Tingmao (left) and Wang Han compete during the women's 3-meter springboard finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday. Photo: VCG

China's Shi Tingmao/Wang Han won the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard gold with 326.40 points at Tokyo 2020 on Sunday.

It was China's fifth consecutive gold in the event since ­Athens 2004 and Shi's third Olympic gold medal in diving.

"This is our [the Chinese diving team's] first gold medal at this Olympics, so now I feel much more comfortable. I know we can be even better and China will do better," said Shi.

When asked about her hopes to tie Chinese diver Guo Jingjing for the most decorated 3-meter springboard diver (four golds) if she is successful in the individual event on August 1, Shi said, "I think no matter what we get, gold or silver, it doesn't define our success. It shows we are on the right road when we achieve our goals."

"We work very hard in training. We make all efforts we can in our training every day," Wang further explained on how China is able to maintain their dominance in diving.

Jennifer Abel/Melissa Citrini Beaulieu claimed the silver for Canada with 300.78 points. Canada's last medal from the event was a bronze medal nine years ago at London 2012.

The silver also leveled the country's best result in a synchronized event at the Olympics, when Emilie Heymans/Anne Montminy finished second in the women's synchronized platform 10m in 2000.

Tina Punzel and Lena Hentschel of Germany took the bronze with 284.97 points. It was Germany's second bronze medal in the sport after Beijing 2008.


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