2012 London Olympics, Diving: Wu Minxia Matches History With Sixth Olympic Diving Medal; Captures Women's Three-Meter Springboard Title
-- August 5, 2012
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LONDON, England, August 5. WU Minxia tied the record for career Olympic medals in diving with her sixth piece of hardware by way of a gold-medal performance in the women's three-meter springboard event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Wu turned in a dominant tally of 414.00 points with synchro teammate He Zi placing second for silver with 379.20 points. Wu tied Guo Jingjing of China as the most decorated diver in history with her sixth medal.
In a close final round, Mexico's Laura Sanchez Soto picked off Italy's Tania Cagnotto, 362.40 to 362.20, for bronze. Heading into the final round, just .05 points separated Sanchez Soto, USA's Cassidy Krug and Cagnotto for the final medal.
Cagnotto, diving in her fourth Games and hoping for her first Olympic medal, had a heartbreaking finish with her fourth-place effort. She also took fourth in the synchro three-meter event, falling short of become a medalist like her father and coach. Giorgio won four medals for Italy four decades ago. Krug wound up falling to seventh with 342.85 points, while Australia's Sharleen Stratton (345.65) and Canada's Jennifer Abel (343.00) placed fifth and sixth.
Wu, who became the first woman to win three straight Olympic synchronized diving titles when she won that event earlier in the week with He. Dramatically, news broke recently that Wu's parents withheld information that her grandparents passed away more than a year ago, and that her mother had been battling cancer for years (now in remission) so that Wu could focus completely on her training for this meet.
"It was essential to tell this white lie," Wu's father Wu Yuming told the Shanghai Morning Post. "We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."
China now has five of five diving gold medals since the competition first began. With three more golds, China could become the first country to claim a clean sweep of eight golds -- one more than China won in 2008.
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