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
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)
'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
'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
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.