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Friday, August 19, 2016, 16:16

Chinese girls' perfect diving

By Agencies

Teenage diver Ren Qian became the youngest gold medalist at the Rio Olympics by winning the 10m platform final on Thursday.

The 15-year-old finished with 439.25 points to beat her compatriot Si Yajie by 19.85 points at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. Canada's Meaghan Benfeito took bronze with 389.20 points.

Ren started inauspiciously before posting scores of 94.05, 91.20 and 91.20 with her final three dives.

"When I won I cried with joy," said Ren, who became China's first Olympic medal winner born this millennium.

"I want to thank my mother, my coaches and the rest of the team for helping me. I didn't perform by best in the heats and semifinals but I was able to keep cool when it mattered today, especially in my last three dives."

Her teammate, Si, was gracious in defeat, saying that Ren was a deserving Olympic champion.

"Ren had a wonderful final, Si said. "I expected to win the gold but I can accept the silver because Ren was better."

Chinese girls' perfect diving
Ren Qian competes in the women's individual 10 metre platform event at the2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Wei Xiaohao)
Chinese girls' perfect diving
China's gold medalist Ren Qian competes during the women's 10-meter platform diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 18, 2016. (Xinhua Photo / Cheng Min)

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