Chen, Wang win China’s third diving gold
Posted on August 1, 2012, Wednesday
LONDON: World champions Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao won the women’s 10m synchro platform to give dominant China their third diving gold medal at the London Olympics yesterday.
Chen, the individual 10m plat form champion from the Beijing Games and the synchronised 10m plat form champion, teamed with Wang to tally 368.40 points from their fi ve dives off the tower.
Mexico’s Paola Espinosa Sanchez and Alejandra Orozco Loza took the silver with 343.32 with Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion getting the bronze medal with 337.62.
China continued their march towards winning an unprecedented eight gold medals in London following Wu Minxia and He Zi’s win in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard and Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan taking the men’s 10m synchro platform gold.
Chen and Wang trailed in third place behind Great Britain and Canada after the first round of fi ve dives, but gradually asserted their dominance with a series of masterful dives.
They got 81.00 for their forward 3.5 somersault on their third dive followed by 89.28 for an inward 3.5 somersault and sealed the gold medal with a closing 88.32 for a back 2.5 somersault with 1.5 twists.
Mexico vaulted from seventh to second with a precision inward 3.5 somersault dive that netted them 84.48 points and closed out with a75.24 for a back 3.5 somersault and 81.60 for a back 2.5 somersault with 1.5 twists. — AFP