Shanghai, Day 5: He Chong wins duel for gold in men's 3m springboard
Olympic and world champion He Chong of China denied team-mate Cao Yuan's third gold on Day 5 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup, capturing gold in the men's 3m springboard in Shanghai.
Cao, who won gold in the men's 10m platform synchro and 3m springboard synchro earlier this week, was about to set a record of World Cup gold in one edition by adding the springboard title. Cao led in the first five rounds by a small margin of two points ahead of He. He's last dive (5156B) earned a total 101.40, finishing strong with an overall 540.35 while Cao came second with a total score of 526.70.
Jack Laugher of Britain took the bronze, scoring 488.20, and edging Illya Kvasha of Ukraine, who placed fourth.
"I made a mistake in the third dive (307C, Reverse 3.5 somersaults), it was because I had a shoulder injury and I was too careful to stretch my arms in this dive," He said.
"I faced strong challenges from my closest opponents, like my team-mate Cao and Jack [Laugher]. But I enjoyed every competition, I am happy with the gold," He added.
Though one step shy of making World Cup history, Cao said he learned a lot from the competition and enjoyed competing in both the springboard and platform events.
The medallists in the men's 3m springboard in Shanghai
"For me, it was a challenging schedule as I competed in three events with seven competitions in four days and I grabbed two golds and one silver. It is beyond my expectation. I never thought I could win three medals. I also learned a lot from the other divers," said 19-year-old Cao.
"It is the first time that I'm competing in the individual 3m springboard at a big meet. I'm a platform diver but I feel great diving on the springboard," continued Cao.
He Chong of China
Jack Laugher earned a day-high 102.60 points for his fifth dive (109C) which helped him collect his first World Cup bronze medal.
"It is an unexpected medal. I have made big progress since last year as I turned to be a professional diver. I trained full day and worked very hard," Laugher admitted.