Shi Tingmao won her third consecutive world title in the women’s 3m springboard at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. 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.
The preliminary round saw two-time defending World champion Shi Tingmao of China top all competitors by having the top performance in four out of her five dives. Her compatriot, and synchronized partner Wang Han was up to the task, equaling Shi in three dives and bettering her in one. Only 1.50 points separated the two divers with Shi totaling 357.90. Australia’s Maddison Keeney was third with a total of 341.00.
Shi remained the top diver in the semi-final round where she consistently finished on the top three in each of her dives, ending with a total of 359.40. Keeney was able to leapfrog Wang in this round as little separated the two for much of the event with Keeney finishing 2.30 points ahead and a total of 348.10. With 12 athletes advancing to the finals, the Olympic quotas were decided. Two quotas were won by Australia, Canada and China while a single quota was won by Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
The final was again won by Shi whom held the lead from start to finish, winning gold with a total of 391.00 points. The silver and bronze medals were won by Wang and Keeney whom finished with 372.85 and 367.05 points respectively.
The next opportunities for nations to qualify in this event will be at their respective continental events and the 2020 Diving World Cup. Olympic qualification for diving concludes tomorrow with the quotas being handed out on in men’s 10m platform.