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China on brink of sweeping every gold medal at diving worlds

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Shi Tingmao joined Guo Jingjing as the only women to win three straight world titles in an individual diving event, giving China 11 gold medals in 11 events with two finals left in Gwangju, South Korea.

Shi, who swept the individual and synchronized springboard titles in Rio, claimed the 3m world title on Friday by 18.25 points with 391 total. Countrywoman Wang Han took silver, 5.8 points ahead of Australian Maddison Keeney.

Americans Sarah Bacon and Brooke Schultz missed the 12-woman final, placing 14th and 29th.

China, which has dominated the sport for two decades, is looking to sweep the golds at an Olympics or worlds for the second time after winning all 10 events in 2011. This year’s feat could be more impressive, should China win the last two events Saturday — a mixed-gender springboard and the men’s platform.

That’s because three mixed-gender events were added to the world program (but not the Olympic program) since 2011. And this year, China has not only won every gold but also taken every silver in the three individual Olympic program events thus far.

China is in strong position to go one-two in the men’s platform. Yang Jian and Yang Hao were nearly 70 points clear of the field in Friday’s semifinals.

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China takes gold, silver in women’s 3m springboard; USA’s Johnston 12th

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China’s dominance in diving at the Rio Olympics continued Sunday, as their athletes took gold and silver in the women’s 3m springboard diving competition.

Shi Tingmao took gold and He Zi the silver, matching the results they produced at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio back in February. Taking bronze was Italy’s Tania Cagnotto, who finished fifth at the Diving World Cup. The medal winners were also the top three finishers at last year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia, in the exact same order.

Shi combined with Wu Minxia to take gold in the women’s synchronized 3m springboard last Sunday, giving her two Olympic gold medals in these games. Shi finished with a total of 406.05 points, with He having 387.90 and Cagnotto 372.80.

Shortly after the medal ceremony He was proposed to by boyfriend, Qin Kai, and she said yes.

American Abigail Johnston struggled throughout the final, finishing 12th with 302.85 points.