Chinese diver Chen Ruolin displays her medal after the
awarding ceremony of women's 10m platform at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in
the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China,
Aug. 21, 2008. Chen claimed the title in the event with a score of 447.70
BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China recaptured the women's 10m platform
title at the Beijing Olympic Games with teenager diver Chen Ruolin on top podium
Chen, 15, newly crowned 10m platform synchro champion with partner Wang
Xin, claimed the gold in 447.70 points,while Emilie Heymans of Canada took the
silver in 437.05.
Wang, 16, winner of the event in Melbourne World Championships in 2007,
took the bronze in 429.90.
Gold medalist Chinese diver Chen Ruolin (C), silver
medalist Emilie Heymans of Canada (L) and bronze medalist Chinese diver Wang Xin
pose for picture during the awarding ceremony of women's 10m platform at the
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the
Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 2008. Chen claimed the title in the event
with a score of points. (Xinhua Photo)
Heymans, winner of the event in 2003 Barcelona World Championships, once
surpassed Chen to top the final in the fourth round, but Chen made an almost
perfect dive in the last round to secure the gold, which scored 100.30, the
highest score in the final.
"I didn't know I was once behind Heymans in the final, because I never look
at the screen before the match is over," said Chen. "But I did feel something in
the last dive. So I was a little nervous."
"I told myself to dive as training," she said.
Heymans was satisfied with her silver. "For me it's a very tight
competition, and I am really happy about the result."
"I was very nervous but I performed Ok today," said Wang, winner of the
event in 2006 Doha Asian Games. "I am happy with the result, because I did my
China has lost the gold in the previous two Olympic Games. In 2000 Syndey
Olympics, American diving icon Laura Wilkinson won the gold, while Chinese diver
Li Na took the silver. In 2004 Athens Olympics, Australian Chantelle Newbery
surprisingly defeated Chinese favourite Lao Lishi to win the title, while Lao
was the second.
"It's fantastic," said Zhou Jihong, team leader of the Chinese diving team.
"We have not had this gold for too many years."
Chen Ruolin of China dives during women's 10m platform final of
the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China,
August 21, 2008. Chen Ruolin won the gold medal of the event.(Xinhua Photo)
"It's the event which I claimed the gold years ago, and now we won it back
again," said Zhou, winner of the event in 1984 Olympic Games.
"Chen and Wang are the best platform women divers in the recent ten years,"
The 15-year-old Chen, silver medallist of the event in 2007 Melbourne
Worlds, has been having a good year. The teenager claimed the gold in the event
in 2008 World Cup on February, and her margin of victory was more than 44
"I watched the 2004 Athens Olympics, and I felt really regret for the diver
Wang, who just celebrated her 16th birthday on Aug. 11, one day before she
won the 10m platform synchro gold, has always trailed Chen in major competitions
after 2007 Melbourne Worlds.
Wilkinson, the Syndey Olympic champion, finished the ninth in 311.80.
"It obviously wasn't the meet of my dreams, but it was my last dive in the
Olympics ever. My team gave me a standing ovation. It felt good to go out on
top," she said. Wilkinson has announced her retirement after the Beijing Games.
Paola Espinosa, the flag bearer for Mexico, finished the fourth in 380.95.
Australian 16-year-old Melissa Wu, silver medallist of the 10m platform
synchro with partner Briony Cole, finished the sixth in 338.15.
"I'm relieved. It was pretty nerve-wracking up there. I'm really happy to
have done so well in a major international competition," said Wu, who made her
international debut just two years ago and has already snatched one gold and one
silver in this event at Grand Prix circuits this season.
China expects to make a clean sweep in the Water Cube at home soil. They
swept all eight golds in the last meet of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Rome
earlier in July.
Now in the Beijing Games, China has collected the first seven gold.
China has undisputed domination in diving. The Chinese diving team claimed
five golds at 2000 Sydeny Olympics and further took a record six at 2004 Athens
Olympics, contributing more Olympic golds for China than other Chinese teams.