BARCELONA, July 14. THREE-time Olympian Irina Lashko, who won gold while representing her native Russia at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, repeated her triumph today in the one-meter springboard diving. This time, however, the 30 year-old favorite was represensting her adopted land, Australia.
Lasko scored 299.97 points to edge Germany's Conny Schmalfuss, who took silver with 296.13. Defending world champion, Canada's Blythe Hartley, a student at the University of Southern California, was a close third with 291.33 points. Hartley led through the semis.
The USA's Rachel Kunkel finished 11th in the semifinals.
Women's one-meter springboard
1. Irina Lashko (AUS) 299.97
2. Conny Schmalfuss (GER) 296.13
3. Blythe Hartley (CAN) 291.33
4. Li Rongjuan (CHN) 285.27
5. Heike Fischer (GER) 275.04
6. Anna Lindberg (SWE) 259.68