London 2012 Diving: China win women's synchro 3m springboard gold

Updated: 29 July 2012 23:31 IST

China's diving diva Wu Minxia captured her third synchronised three-metre springboard Olympic gold medal with victory in the final with He Zi on Sunday.

London 2012 Diving: China win women's synchro 3m springboard gold
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China's diving diva Wu Minxia captured her third synchronised three-metre springboard Olympic gold medal with victory in the final with He Zi on Sunday.

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In the first of China's quest for all eight diving gold medals at London, Wu and He, the reigning world champions from Shanghai last year, dominated the competition with 346.20 points to claim victory.

The United States pair of Abigail Johnston and Kelci Bryant took silver with 321.90 with Canada's Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel claiming bronze with 316.80.

"We managed to stay focused and calm during the final and constantly encouraged each other in each dive and finally we succeeded in doing our best," Wu said.

"We felt at home here because there were so many Chinese supporters in the crowd."

Although it was Wu's third springboard synchro Olympic gold, it was her first with new partner He.

She teamed up with China's legendary Guo Jingjing to take two gold medals in 3m synchro in the previous two Olympics.

"I don't see much difference in diving with my two partners," Wu said.

Wu, 26, can leave the London Games as the most successful Olympian in the sport along with the retired Guo Jingjing if she wins her remaining three-metre springboard event to add to her current tally of five medals.

She won the last two synchronised gold medals with Guo in Athens and Beijing.

Wu gets her chance to join Guo with six Olympic medals in the individual three-metre springboard, which has its final on August 5.

The Chinese pair's highlights were a competition-high 80.10 points for a reverse 2.5 somersault and a back 2.5 somersault.

They led after all five rounds of dives and gradually extended their advantage with the Americans receiving a 74.70 for their forward 2.5 somersault with one twist.

Wu said the key to Sunday's triumph was her coordination with He, who is making her Olympic debut.

He said the gold medal was the culmination of a long-held dream.

"I did not expect I could become an Olympic champion. Now my dream came true," she said.

Heymans with her bronze won her fourth consecutive Olympic medal.

"It's awesome. I'm really happy I was able to win my fourth medal with Jennifer (Abel)," Heymans said.

"We've worked really hard for this for the past two years, and we're really glad it went well and it's finally over."

Topics : Diving Olympics 2012
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