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Shi secures 3m sweep

Hearing the start of her introduction, Chinese diver Shi Tingmao put one foot on the top spot of the podium. She sheepishly stepped back down and waited for the announcer to finish.

It was the only mistake she made all day.

Shi easily won the women’s 3-meter springboard title yesterday, earning her second diving gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics.

Once on the podium, a smiling Shi raised both arms in triumph. “I have waited so long for this moment,” Shi said through a translator. “There were a lot of expectations. I feel satisfied.”

Shi added the individual 3-meter title to the springboard synchronized gold she earlier won with Wang Han, successfully defending both of her titles from five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

The Chinese have won four of the first five diving events. They took silver in men’s 10-meter platform synchro.

Shi led all five rounds, totaling 383.50 points. Wang earned silver with 348.75. Bronze went to Krysta Palmer (343.75) of the United States.

“One year ago I was not doing that well,” Shi said. “I am very thankful that I didn’t give up.”

The diver, who turns 30 at the end of the month, felt pressure to defend her titles.

“My age has never been the biggest problem,” she said. “Whether I want it or don’t want it, that’s the most important thing. My original goal of wanting the gold medal has never changed.”

Victory enabled Shi to match compatriot Guo Jingjing’s back-to-back double 3m springboard golds at the Athens and Beijing Olympics.




 

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