SPORTS Chinese divers sweep three golds in four hours at FINA World Championships

SPORTS

Chinese divers sweep three golds in four hours at FINA World Championships

CGTN

11:26, July 01, 2022

China's Lin Shan (L) and Zhu Zifeng take the gold medal of the mixed 3m synchro event of the FINA World Championships at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, June 29, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

It was all about China at the Duna Arena in Budapest on Wednesday as their Dream Team completed a clean sweep of diving gold medals at the 2022 FINA World Championships in ruthless fashion.

Olympic champion Quan Hongchan and her partner Bai Yuming got off to a great start by winning the mixed team event earlier in the day.

Despite being the youngest pair to compete in the final of the prestigious tournament, the two 15-year-olds showed a stunning level of maturity that belies their tender age and clinched the world title by a huge margin, 32.9 points ahead of the second-placed French duo Jade Gillet and Alexis Jandard.

Quan Hongchan (L) and Bai Yuming win China's 100th gold medal in world championship history at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, June 29, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

Next up for China was the women's 1m springboard final and Li Yajie managed to maintain the powerhouse's winning momentum by scooping the inevitable gold with a sparkling performance.

During a thrilling three-horse race between American Sarah Bacon, Canadian Mia Vallee and Li, the Chinese number one seed emerged triumphant with her perfectly executed somersault pike and a total score of 300.85 points.

Bacon upped the levels of difficulty in her last few dives in an attempt to stage a late rally, but the 2019 world championship silver medalist could not prevent the near-flawless Li from running away with the title and eventually came second with 276.65 points, 24.2 behind Li.

"I didn't pay much attention to other competitors," beamed Li. "This is a great result for me, an honor, and it makes me even more motivated to work harder in the future."

China's Li Yajie wins the gold medal of the women's 1m springboard event of the FINA World Championships, June 29, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

There's no stopping China right now and Zhu Zifeng and Lin Shan capped off a perfect day for Chinese divers as the formidable duo outclass Italy's Matteo Santoro and Chiara Pellacani to claim top spot in the mixed 3m synchro final.

Zhu and Lin out-scored their rivals in each of the five rounds and pocketed China's third gold in just four hours with a mammoth 324.15 points. The result means that all seven diving golds produced so far at this year's World Championships have been swept by China.

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