China continued its gold medal streak in diving at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships where they went one, two in women’s 10m platform. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top 12 athletes qualified their nations to the games. Diving at the World Aquatics Championship is currently being held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th 2019.
Synchronized gold medalist Lu Wei of China was the top performing athlete in the preliminary round where despite a relatively poor first dive she was able to recover to win the round with a total of 383.75. This was 39.15 points higher than Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and 40.05 points higher than Australia’s Melissa Wu whom finished the round second and third respectively.
The semi-final round was however won by Lu’s compatriot Chen Yuxi whom was at worst second in each of her five dives to finish with a total of 407.95. Lu was second while Canada’s Caeli McKay was third with 370.85 and 356.70 points respectively. With 12 athletes advancing to the finals, the Olympic quotas were decided. Two quotas were won by Canada, China and the United States while a single quota was won by Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
Chen would continue her stellar performance in the final where she obtained the highest score in each of the five dives, winning gold with a total of 439.00. The silver medal went to Lu whom had a score of 377.80 while the bronze medal was won by Delaney Schnell of the United States whom obtained a score of 364.20.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in this event will be at the 2020 Diving World Cup. Olympic qualification for diving continues tomorrow with the quotas being handed out on in men’s 3m springboard.