China adds two more golds to medal count at Games
Synchronized springboarders soar, weightlifter sets new world’s record
China’s athletes continue to go for the gold.
Long Qingquan lifted 170kg in the jerk for a world record total of 307kg to take the men’s 56kg weightlifting gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
China secured the first diving gold medal of the Rio Olympics when Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao won the women’s synchronised 3m springboard on Sunday.
The pair lived up to its billing as favorite with an overall score of 345.60 points from five dives, some 31.77 points ahead of silver medallists Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape of Italy.
Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith took bronze with 299.19 points.
The result at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center continued China’s remarkable sequence of results in the event. The Asian nation has won every world and Olympic title in the women’s synchronized springboard since the 2000 Sydney Games.
The performance also secured a raft of records for veteran Wu. The 30-yearold has now won the most Olympic diving medals by a woman, surpassing compatriot Guo Jingjing with seven podium finishes.
She also became the oldest woman to win an Olympic diving medal, overtaking the USA’s Micki King, who was 28 when she won the springboard title in 1972. In addition, Wu equalled the record held by Canada’s Emilie Heymans for diving medals in the most Olympic Games (four).
China won its first gold medal at the Rio Summer Olympics on Sunday when Zhang Mengxue was successful in the women’s 10m air pistol event.
Zhang, 25, from Jinan, Shandong province, reached the final by finishing in seventh place in qualification.
Her performance helped lift the gloom after Chinese competitors failed to win any gold medals on Saturday, the first full day of competition.
Chinese tend to view firstday gold medals as an auspicious sign.
But to the surprise of many in Rio on Saturday, Chinese competitors missed out on all four opportunities to strike gold — the women’s 10m air rifle, men’s 10m air pistol, women’s epee, and most important, the men’s 400m freestyle swimming in which national star Sun Yang was defending the title he won at the London Olympics.
Sun was edged out of first place by Mack Horton of Australia.
China had to settle for two silvers and three bronzes instead. It was the first time since the 2000 Sydney Olympics that the nation had failed to win a gold medal on the first full day of competition.
Veteran Chinese shooters Du Li and Yi Siling finished second and third in the women’s 10m air rifle event, with Virginia Thrasher of the US taking the gold.
Du’s husband, Pang Wei, claimed a bronze in the men’s 10m air pistol, while Sun Yiwen beat Lauren Rembi of France but had to settle for another bronze for China in the women’s epee.
Sports managers were happy to see the public adjusting its expectations.
Long Qingquan lifts 170kg in the jerk for a world record total of 307kg to take the men’s 56kg weightlifting gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Shi Tingmao (left) and Wu Minxia of China win the Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday.