Fu wins record-equalling fourth gold
Fu Mingxia, a
world champion at 12, pulled off a record-equalling fourth
Olympic diving gold medal in Sydney on Thursday when she retained
the women's three-metre springboard title.
Gold Medalist Fu Mingxia, for
the women's 3m springboard
now 23, prevailed in a close duel with 18-year-old Chinese
team mate Guo Jingjing, clinching victory with a superb final
dive to match the achievements Pat McCormick and Greg Louganis
from the United States, the only other divers in history to
have won four Olympic golds.
crowd-pleasing win completed a golden treble for China on
the diving boards on Thursday after two runaway triumphs for
Chinese pairs in synchronised diving events introduced to
the Olympic programme in Sydney.
Na and Sang Xue won the women's synchronised platform and
Xiao Hailiang and Xiong Ni prevailed in the men's synchronised
three-metre springboard as Xiong scooped his second gold of
the Games and the fifth medal of his long Olympic career.
won the 1992 Olympic platform title, completed a platform
and springboard double in 1996 and has now won the springboard
crown a second time.
who did not defend the highboard title she won at the last
two Olympic Games, also scooped a silver medal in Sydney when
she and Guo finished second behind Russians Vera Ilyina and
Yulia Pakhalina in Saturday's synchronised three-metre springboard
Guo Jingjing, Fu Mingxia, and
Doerte Linder receive their medals
had brought a lead of more than eight points over Fu from
Wednesday's semifinal into the final series of five dives
and retained her advantage for the first three rounds of the
Fu, world highboard champion in 1991 as a tiny 12-year-old,
heavily outscored her younger rival in the fourth round with
a reverse 2-½ somersaults which netted 80.10 points to edge
into the lead by 1.68 points.
hinged on the last dive and again Fu displayed the stronger
nerve and matchless technique, producing a reverse 1-½ somersaults
with 2-½ twists which brought her 77.43 points, nearly 10
more than Guo's concluding dive.
who produced the highest-scoring dives of each of the last
three rounds, won with an aggregate total of 609.42 points
from five semifinal and five final dives.
took the silver with 597.81 and Germany's Doerte Lindner the
bronze with 574.35, edging out Pakhalina, who had beaten her
for the gold at the European championships in Helsinki in
who retired and went to university after her golden double
in Atlanta, returned to international competition at the 1999
World University Games in Palma, where she won both the platform
and the three-metre springboard titles.