OLYMPICS China's diving world champion Xie Siyi ready for his first Olympics


China's diving world champion Xie Siyi ready for his first Olympics


07:09, April 10, 2020


Xie Siyi of China wins the gold medal during the Men's 3m Springboard Final on day seven of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships, Budapest, Hungary, July 20, 2017. (Photo: VCG)

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed to next year, it gives Chinese diver Xie Siyi, who won gold in the men's three-meter springboard at the 2019 FINA World Championships, more time to recover from injuries and get into top condition for his Olympic debut.

The 24-year-old Guangdong native made his mark on the three-meter springboard by winning gold at the 2017 Budapest World Championships then defending his title two years later.

Xie has undergone two surgeries on his left foot, which caused him to miss the 2016 Rio Olympics, and his feet are bandaged while training on land and in water to avoid further injury.

Then while preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, his old waist and left foot injuries began to trouble him again after he won three gold medals in last year's Military Games.

But through hard work and determination, Xie recovered in February. He turned in a good performance in the team's testing competitions, and the postponement of the Olympics gives him more time to get back to his best.

When the 3m Springboard World Champion was asked how he prepared for his first Olympic Games, he said he thinks about how the Olympics will be before he falls asleep.

He thinks about what the atmosphere will be like, how many people will come, what the stadiums will be like, how fierce the competition will be and about how he will perform, whether any accidents will happen. 

But he will only know the answers when the day comes.

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