MONTREAL, Canada, July 23. MOTHER Nature interrupted the festivities for a brief period, but not long enough to keep China’s Guo Jingjing from maintaining her global dominance on the diving board. Shaking off a weather delay, Guo captured her third consecutive world title on the three-meter springboard on Friday with a score of 645.54.
The Olympic champion on the three-meter board, Guo finished ahead of Wu Min Zia, her Chinese teammate, and Italy’s Tania Cagnotto. Wu produced a score of 619.05 and Cagnotto checked in with a mark of 591.27. During the preliminaries of the event, there was a delay when American Chelsea Davis struck the board with her nose and scraped her head. Davis was recovering Friday night.
Collecting her third medal of the week and second of the gold variety, the Netherlands’ Edith Van Dijk won the women’s 25K open-water swim. Van Dijk edged Germany’s Britta Kamrau by less than a second, an astonishing finish considering the event took five-plus hours to negotiate. Laura La Piana won bronze for Italy. Van Dijk earlier won the 10K crown and earned bronze in the 5K. Retiring, Van Dijk ended her career with 14 medals in seven World Championships.