seeks fourth gold
Olympic champion FU Mingxia leads a field of 44 competitors
into the Wednesday preliminaries of Women's 3m Springboard
Diving at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
the defending gold medallist on both boards, is focusing only
on the 3m Springboard at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
two-time world champion has found success at the Sydney International
Aquatic Centre before, winning silver at the 2000 World Cup,
behind teammate GUO Jingjing.
the silver medallist at the 1998 World Championships, looked
strong while claiming second with FU on Saturday's 3m Synchronized
Springboard event. She hopes to be among the finalists.
Springboard gold medallist Ioulia PAKHALINA (RUS) and three-time
Olympic finalist Vera ILINA (RUS) are expected to advance
past the early rounds. PAKHALINA is the defending world champion
in this event, while ILINA is a two-time NCAA (USA collegiate)
national champion in the event.
Eryn BULMER should challenge for medals as well. The defending
Pan American and Commonwealth champion claims to feel a special
attachment to the Sydney pool, where she won the bronze at
this year's World Cup.
Chantelle MICHELL shares that affinity for the Aquatic Centre.
The 1998 Goodwill Games 3m Springboard silver medallist barely
missed out on the medal stand at the 2000 World Cup, finishing
0.87 points behind BULMER.
preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10:00 Sydney time,
with the top 18 qualifiers moving on to the evening's semifinal