Monday, February 29, 2016

diving in to the history book, Chinese synchro star He Zi picks up golden hat-trick, wu minxia next sss39

 

China’s Wu Minxia secured her place in Olympic history with a hat-trick of springboard synchro titles alongside He Zi at Sunday’s opening diving event at the Aquatics Centre.
Wu cemented her place as one of the greatest female divers of all time as she also drew level with former synchro partner Guo Jingjing, who she teamed up with to win the past two Olympic crowns, with a record six medals at the Games.
The 26-year-old is set to surpass that mark next week, when she and He go head-to-head in the individual springboard.
Solid gold: He Zi and Wu Minxia with their medals
Solid gold: He Zi and Wu Minxia with their medals
This afternoon they were comfortable winners, leading after all five rounds to finish with a gap of 24.30 points from nearest rivals Abigail Johnston and Kelci Bryant from the United States.
Canada’s Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel took bronze to ensure Heymans became the first diver to win a medal at four consecutive Olympics.
Brits Becky Gallantree and Alicia Blagg were left to rue a couple of missed dives as they finished seventh.
The City of Leeds duo were not expected to threaten the podium although they found themselves in fourth place after two rounds after one of their best ever compulsory set of dives.

Both missed their next front two-and-a-half somersaults dive, however, to drop out of contention before 15-year-old Olympic debutant Blagg came out too late on their final effort.
The plunge: Minxia (left) and He Zi (right)
The plunge: Minxia (left) and He Zi (right)
'We were really happy with the first two dives but then I missed my last dive and my third,' Blagg said.
'It was my first Games, it was just an absolutely incredible experience. The whole crowd was incredible.
'Hopefully I've got many more Games in me to improve on this and the dives I'm not confident on.'
While small sections of the 17,500 capacity Aquatics Centre were left empty, the British duo still enjoyed boisterous home support that Gallantree, competing at her second Olympics, admitted she was blown away by.
In sync: The Chinese pair in flight
In sync: The Chinese pair in flight
'It was absolutely incredible. The crowd out there was just mind blowing. It was really, really fantastic,' the 27-year-old said.
'It just made us smile. We were grinning at each other.
'The result could have been better but there was a lot of positives in there.'
Good effort: Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree
Good effort: Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree
Gallantree and Blagg's final score of 285.60 was some 17 points short of the personal best they achieved in reaching the European Championships final in May.
However, even their best would have failed to improve their ranking in a record-breaking final that saw Wu crowned springboard synchro champion for a third consecutive Olympics.