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Women's Platform

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Chen Ruolin
Silver: CAN Emilie Heymans
Bronze: CHN Wang Xin

Summary

As at almost every international event since the mid-1980s, the Chinese women were favored. Chen Ruolin had won the 2008 World Cup and Wang Xin was the 2007 World Champion. They had been 1-2 in both of those events, and had already won gold in Beijing in the synchro platform. Other contenders for medals were the 2000 Olympic champion, Laura Wilkinson of the USA, also the 2005 World Champion; and Canada's Émilie Heymans, who had been World Champion in 2003.

In the end the event turned into a gold medal romp for Chen, who led qualifying, semis, and throughout the final round. Silver went to Heymans, who was born to Belgian parents, and whose mother, Marie-Paule Van Eyck had fenced for Belgium at the 1976 Olympic Games. Wang won the bronze medal. Her given birth name was Wang Ruoxue, but she changed it after her coach told her it sounded too weak and delicate.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Chen Ruolin 15 China CHN Gold 447.70
2 Emilie Heymans 26 Canada CAN Silver 437.05
3 Wang Xin 15 China CHN Bronze 429.90
4 Paola Espinosa 22 Mexico MEX 380.95
5 Tatiana Ortíz 24 Mexico MEX 343.60
6 Melissa Wu 16 Australia AUS 338.15
7 Marie-Éve Marleau 26 Canada CAN 332.10
8 Tonia Couch 19 Great Britain GBR 328.70
9 Laura Wilkinson 30 United States USA 311.80
10 Stacie Powell 22 Great Britain GBR 303.50
11 Mai Nakagawa 21 Japan JPN 296.30
12 Elina Eggers 21 Sweden SWE 285.85
13 Tania Cagnotto 23 Italy ITA 296.60
14 Haley Ishimatsu 15 United States USA 292.95
15 Valentina Marocchi 24 Italy ITA 283.15
16 Kim Un-Hyang 16 North Korea PRK 267.00
17 Kim Jin-Ok 17 North Korea PRK 259.40
18 Alexandra Croak 24 Australia AUS 250.30
19 Christin Steuer 25 Germany GER 290.80
20 Yuliya Prokopchuk 21 Ukraine UKR 290.40
21 Audrey Labeau 23 France FRA 289.95
22 Anja Richter-Libiseller 30 Austria AUT 287.70
23 Juliana Veloso 27 Brazil BRA 283.75
24 Ramona Ciobanu 23 Romania ROU 279.10
25 Claire Febvay 26 France FRA 255.30
26 Evtykhia Pappa-Papavasilopoulou 26 Greece GRE 252.00
27 Pandelela Rinong 15 Malaysia MAS 249.20
28 Nataliya Goncharova 20 Russia RUS 240.45
29 Annett Gamm 31 Germany GER 234.30