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Diving at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

Diving at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 14, 2016
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN Shi Tingmao
Silver: CHN He Zi
Bronze: ITA Tania Cagnotto

Summary

China had won every gold medal in the individual Olympic springboard competition since Seoul in 1988, and also every silver since Sydney in 2000, and there was nothing to suggest that would not be the case in Rio. They had amongst their ranks, [Shi Tingmao], the 2015 World Champion and FINA World Female Diver of the Year, and she was clearly one of the favourites to win gold in the 3-metre event at the [Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre]. Her impressive list of results in 2015 also saw her win the individual 3-metre gold at all four World Series events. She came into the Rio Games with two gold medals to her name from the 2016 FINA World Cup and was also the individual 3-metre winner in the Beijing and Dubai World Series events. The 2015 World Championship runner-up [He Zi] also of China, and bronze medalist, Italy’s [Tania Cagnotto], were expected to finish behind Tingmao for the other two medals.

On the first day of the qualifiers, the pool was closed for practice whilst officials tried to get the water back to its original blue colour from the murky green it had become. The qualifying went ahead with assurances that the change of colour would pose no health risks to the competitors and Canada’s [Jennifer Abel] topped the first group of qualifiers ahead of some high-class divers including Zi, Tingmao and Cagnotto. Spare a thought for [Nadezhda Bazhina] of Russia as she slipped attempting her fourth dive and landed in the water on her back, and was awarded no points

The semi-final round reduced the field to the 12 finalists and this time Tingmao topped the list of qualifiers nearly a full 21 points ahead of Zi and more than 60 points clear of Jennifer Abel as another China one-two looked on the cards. The Chinese divers were the last two to dive in the opening round of the final; in the lead at that point were Cagnotto and Abel jointly on 76.50. That all changed after Zi went and scored 81.00 but, with the last dive of the round, Tingmao matched her team-mate’s score and they jointly held first place. That was the same after round two when, again, they both scored 81.00 with Cagnotto moving into third place on her own, but a long way behind the two Chinese divers. The Italian consolidated her third place in round three while Tingmao pulled away from Zi with 84.00 to 74.40. By now it was obvious that China would take gold and silver, but the battle for bronze heated up with the fourth round dives. Cagnotto had a disaster scoring just 69.00 while Abel moved back into third with a 79.90, and Tingmao pulled away even further in the race to gold.

After her disastrous fourth dive, an 81.00 put Cagnotto back into third after her final dive and Abel knew that 74.60 or better would give her the bronze medal, but she finished off with a poor dive and she scored just 69. Meanwhile, Tingmao wound up proceedings with her third 81.00 of the competition and ended up the victor by 18.15 points, adding the individual gold to the synchronised one she won seven days earlier. For Zi, there was one final moment of sheer joy in store. Shortly after being presented with her silver medal, her boyfriend [Qin Kai], a synchronised springboard bronze medallist a few days earlier, proposed to Zi in front a global audience of billions – fortunately she said "Yes".

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shi Tingmao 24 China CHN Gold
2 He Zi 25 China CHN Silver
3 Tania Cagnotto 31 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Jennifer Abel 24 Canada CAN
5 Maddison Keeney 20 Australia AUS
6 Esther Qin 24 Australia AUS
7 Pamela Ware 23 Canada CAN
8 Grace Reid 20 Great Britain GBR
9 Nora Subschinski 28 Germany GER
10 Ng Yan Yee 23 Malaysia MAS
11 Olena Fedorova 29 Ukraine UKR
12 Abby Johnston 26 United States USA
13 Kassidy Cook 21 United States USA
14 Uschi Freitag 26 Netherlands NED
15 Kristina Ilyinykh 21 Russia RUS
16 Dolores Hernández 19 Mexico MEX
17 Tina Punzel 21 Germany GER
18 Anastasiya Nedobiha 22 Ukraine UKR
19 Maria Marconi 31 Italy ITA
20 Rebecca Gallantree 31 Great Britain GBR
21 Cheong Jun Hoong 26 Malaysia MAS
22 Melany Hernández 18 Mexico MEX
23 Diana Pineda 31 Colombia COL
24 Elizabeth Cui 18 New Zealand NZL
25 Marcela Marić 19 Croatia CRO
26 Nadezhda Bazhina 28 Russia RUS
27 Juliana Veloso 35 Brazil BRA
28 Maha Amer 17 Egypt EGY
29 Julia Vincent 21 South Africa RSA