China have totally dominated the world of diving over the past few years, emphasised by their magnificent haul of seven out of a possible eight in front of an ecstatic home crowd at Beijing 2008. They did even better at the world championships in Shanghai last year, scooping all 10 medals on offer, and now they are taking London 2012 by storm as well, particularly in the Olympic 3m Springboard Diving.
Wu Minxia won the women’s 3m springboard diving gold medal at the weekend to draw level with Guo Jingjing as the most successful diver at the Olympics with six medals. World champion Wu, 26, totalled 414 points from her five dives to beat her teammate He Zi and top the podium. That was China’s fifth gold medal from as many events, as they attempt an unprecedented haul of all eight diving medals on offer. In beating her rivals, Wu claimed the first individual mark of 10 at these Olympics.
Earlier, the world champions Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao comfortably won the women’s synchronised 10m Platform, while the country also took gold in both the men’s 10m platform and women’s 3m Synchro events.
The Men’s 3m Springboard Final was to be decided on Tuesday evening. The preliminaries took place on Monday evening, and once again it was no surprise to see a Chinese diver, Chong He, the reigning champion from Beijing, heading the list of gold medal candidates, with only the Russian Ilya Zakharov bettering his qualifying time. The ‘King of Difficulties’ as Chong is known, achieved the diving version of a grand slam after taking gold in the men’s 3m Springboard at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
His given name, Chong, means “powerful, aggressive,” and that is just what he will bring to the competition again. We can expect him to have gone close to adding yet another gold medal to China’s haul after the Final on Tuesday evening.
Last week was not so good for Team GB. Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, the current European champions, could only finish in fifth in the women’s synchronised 10m Platform, while in the men’s event last week, Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield were just out of the medals. Both Daley and Waterfield will be competing in the men’s 10m Individual event on Friday, while Monique Gladding and Stacie Powell will contest the women’s contest a day earlier.
Olympic Diving Gold Medal Hopes
The Olympic Diving 10M Platform takes place on friday and Team GB’s Medal hopes are with Tom Daly who sadly missed out on a medal with his partner Peter Waterfield in the Synchronised 10m Platform. BetFred place Tom Daly as second favourite at 7/2, definitely worth the patriotic bet here as Tom will be especially keen to make good. The favourite in this event is with Q. Bo at 44/100.
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