On Tuesday, Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan continued China’s dominance in the men’s 3 metre springboard diving event at the Tokyo Games by placing first and second, respectively, with a series of stunning dives.
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Teammates Xie and Wang finished with 543.45 and 540.50 points, respectively, to win the gold medal in the synchronised 3m springboard last week.
After their colleague Xiong Ni won gold in both the solo and synchronised 3m springboard events at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, one of them might make history by being the first man diver in 20 years to win both events.
British divers Jack Laugher and James Heatly placed third and fourth, respectively, while Japan’s Ken Terauchi, at age 40, was the oldest competitor in the diving competition and nevertheless placed seventh.
After the elimination of Daniel Restrepo Garcia and Sebastian Morales Mendoza, Columbia, who have never before won an Olympic diving medal, was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
Rommel Pacheco Marrufo of Mexico is under intense scrutiny after his teammate Osmar Olvera Ibarra failed to make the finals in the Olympic diving event. Diving has been Mexico’s most successful Olympic sport. The 35-year-old has previously stated that Tokyo would be his last competitive appearance.
Later on Tuesday, the Championship Round will be Held.
Friday in the preliminary round of the Olympic women’s 3-meter springboard diving competition, Chinese teammates Shi Tingmao and Wang Han placed first and second, respectively.
Across her five dives, Shi scored 350.45 points, with Wang not far behind on 347.25. They have already won the 3-meter synchro event as a team.
The Tokyo Games kick off with the individual diving competition on the 3-meter springboard.
The 29-year-old Shi, who already has three Olympic gold medals, is competing for her second consecutive solo gold on the springboard and hopes to continue China’s dominance in the women’s event.
In the eight Olympic competitions that have taken place since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, they have won the 3-meter gold medal every time.
Next in the ranks were two more Canadians, Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware, then two more Asians, Sayaka Mikami of Japan and American Hailey Hernandez.
This Sunday will be the Day of the Medal Competition.
Women’s 3m synchro preliminary competition in Budapest has begun, and as has been the case in every previous edition, China is the early pacesetter.
Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani, who both won gold on the solo springboard yesterday, have sprinted to an early lead with a score of 171.30.