China clean sweep of diving gold18 January 2013
DIVING: China took a clean sweep of the gold medals on the first day of the AYOF diving competition, winning all three events.
In the boy’s 3m springboard, 16-year-old Rongquan Chen started and finished strongly, just ahead of teammate and synchronised diving partner Huan Xia, who took silver. Malaysian entrant Yiwei Chew put up a good performance, starting strongly but was pushed back into bronze by the Chinese divers.
The girl’s 10m platform was a particularly high standard display of technique and skill. Xiaohui Huang finished with an average dive score of above 8.5 and secured her golden victory by scoring a perfect 10 on her final twisting dive, which had a high 3.2 degree of difficulty. Jiaming Zhu (CHN) and Georgia Ward (GBR) rounded out the podium.
China continued its winning streak in the boy’s 3m synchronised competition, with Huan and Rongqua finishing 65 points ahead of Sam Thornton and Freddie Woodward of Great Britain. Joshua Ong and Scotia Mullin secured Australia’s first diving medal at AYOF 2013, coming third.
Huan and Rongqua were delighted with their results, but remained level-headed, saying they were “quite satisfied” with the win. They're enjoying their first time in Australia and first time at the Youth Olympic Festival.
“It’s great because we get to share a lot of experiences with others,” they said. However they noted that the mosquitos were a problem.
There are high expectations for the Chinese pair to appear at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The diving continues on Saturday with the girl’s 3m springboard, boy’s 10m platform and girl’s 3m synchronised.
Hannah Moore and Hannah Thek
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