Showing a highly competitive charge, divers fought hard against the prevailing winners, China, which resulted in a thrilling display in the men’s 10m individual platform finals.
In spite of a well fought competition, no one could break China’s stranglehold of the top spot, allowing them to sweep the board with a total of 10 gold medals.
The first event of the day saw China reaching the top spot in both groups of the women’s 3m individual springboard semi-finals but, by the afternoon, Jennifer Abel’s determination and drive to improve on her entries and finesse paid off as she earned a silver medal for Canada.
With a total score of 378.20 points, Abel improved on her earlier performance by a 21.25-point margin.
Shi Tingmao replicated her success of the morning competition, with 392.25 points earning her a gold medal and her fellow Chinese diver, Wang Han, claimed bronze with 374.40 points.
Critical of her performance, Shi said: “I give my performance a seven out of 10 today. I feel I let myself down as I didn’t perform as well as in the training. My fourth dive was where I lapsed and, in fact, I didn’t perform so well in this dive in the training either. I think I need to give this more focus for improvement in the next competition.”
The morning event of the men’s 10m individual platform semi-final saw Russia’s Victor Minibaev pull off a spectacular win in the semifinals of his group, with an overall result advantage on both groups behind an impressive 528.60 points.
The afternoon event lent itself to a thrilling final, where round one saw a flurry of 10 points awarded to the last four consecutive divers, David Boudia, Chen Aisen, Yang Hao and Victor Minibaev.