Nervous Shi wins gold for China in women's 3 meter springboard

Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:20pm EDT
 
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By Brenda Goh

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - China's Shi Tingmao dominated the competition to win gold in the women's 3 meter springboard event on Sunday, with team mate He Zi taking silver and Italy's Tania Cagnotto bronze.

Shi tied with He in the first two dives, before the 24-year-old pushed ahead in her third to achieve 84 points, the highest score, and eventually reached a total of 406.05, 18.15 points ahead of He and 103.2 points more than the last-placed diver.

The gold is the second for the 24-year-old, who won her first on the second day of the Games with team mate Wu Minxia in the 3 meter synchronized springboard event.

Shi becomes the third woman after Wu and retired Chinese diver Guo Jingjing to win gold in the 3 meter synchronized and individual events.

Shi said the two medals made her feel like she had fulfilled her responsibility to those who helped her along the way, but the Chinese added that she had not performed at her best.

"I would give myself a score of 80 today because I was very nervous. While my first few dives were okay, my heart felt quite unsteady during the others," she told reporters.

"Because it's the Olympic final, wanting to win it affects your state of mind."

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2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Shi Tingmao (CHN) of China  poses with her gold medal.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci