Chen Yiwen (CHN) won the women 3m springboard final ahead Sarah Bacon (USA) and Chang Yani (CHN).
Traditionally, the women’s 3m springboard is a Chinese affair, and the final of this event at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo did not break the rule. Very solid from the first round, Chen Yiwen comfortably beat the rest of the field, getting the gold in 383.55. She didn’t make any major mistake during the entire final, while her main challengers could not match her level of consistency and quality.
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Sarah Bacon, from the United States, was also quite steady and fought for the lead throughout the final, but in the end had to content with the silver in 348.75.
The bronze medal went to a brave Chang Yani, also from China. After badly hitting the board with the legs in the last dive of the semi-final, Chang was ready for the decisive event today and performed quite well. Her weakest combination was the back 2 ½ somersaults (pike), which “only” gave her 63.00 points. Otherwise, her dives were quite clean, and the bronze was an evidence, in 344.40.
The top-6 was completed by Aranza Vazquez, from Mexico, fourth in 327.60, while Jennifer Abel finished fifth (316.05). The Canadian lost the balance on the board (before her third dive, a forward 3 ½ somersaults), and had to re-start. A two-point deduction was therefore applied by the judges to each score, with the total for a well-executed combination being 51.15. Despite two good last rounds, Abel could not enter the podium area. In sixth, Sayaka Mikami, from Japan, was the best host representative, in 307.20.
Fifth after the fourth round, Switzerland’s Michelle Heimberg severely over-rotated in her last combination (reverse 2 ½ somersaults), and dropped to 10th place (283.75).
China did the 1-2 at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR), as well as in the previous Olympic Games, in Rio 2016. Moreover, one of the most distinguished female divers of all times, Guo Jingjing (CHN) shone for many years in this event, both at individual and synchro level.
Bronze, Chan Yani (CHN):
"I'm happy with the result. I'm satisfied with my result because I could perform with my normal level for all five dives. After yesterday's accident, I kept saying to myself that I could do it! That gave me confidence for the final. Also my coaches and teammates gave me courage".
"It's a very large venue and I feel comfortable here".
Silver medal, Sarah Bacon (USA):
"I feel really good. I competed at the World Championships in 2019, but I was unable to get the Olympic quota spot for USA, so coming here that was my goal! After I did that, I was able to relax during semi-finals and finals. I didn't really miss a dive, so it was amazing".
"Before coming here, I didn't know what to expect because I hadn't seen any pictures of the venue. After being here, it's absolutely beautiful. I hope to be back here for the Olympics".
"I feel pretty safe. We aren't allowed to go outside or hung around in each other's room. We are pretty separated the entire time. We have to be COVID tested almost every night while we're here. With all those protocols, it's hard not to feel safe".
Gold medal, Chen Yiwen (CHN):
"Although I have several details I could do better, I'm happy with the result. I particularly like this venue, it’s a good pool. On the sanitary conditions, there are many participants in this event, I understand it's necessary for everyone's safety".