China’s Minxia wins record fifth straight Olympic diving gold medal
China’s Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao were expected to win gold in the women’s synchronized 3m springboard diving competition, with the tandem being the dominant force in that discipline. Minxia and Shi made good on that expectation Sunday afternoon, winning gold in Rio de Janeiro with the victory representing a historic achievement for Minxia.
Minxia has now won five consecutive Olympic gold medals in this event, which is a record. And with six total medals in Olympic diving competitions, Minxia now has more than any other woman in the history of the Olympics. Those were just two of the accomplishments for Minxia, with she and Tingmao winning the competition by nearly 32 points with Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dellape’ finishing second.
Winning the bronze were Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith, who were last in the field after two rotations.