OLYMPIC CHAM­PION HE ZI RE­TIRES AT 26

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Bei­jing, China - Chi­nese Olympic div­ing cham­pion He Zi has re­luc­tantly re­tired aged 26 cit­ing a nag­ging foot in­jury and her joy at ex­pect­ing to be­come a mother this year.

He, who won gold in the syn­chro­nised 3m spring­board com­pe­ti­tion at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, said she had taken an 11-month break af­ter the 2016 Rio Games.

But she said on her Weibo mi­croblog­ging ac­count that her in­jury re­turned re­cently af­ter a three-hour walk and she could not even step on the floor bare­foot af­ter stay­ing home for five days. The diver earned a sil­ver medal in Rio, but the mo­ment is best re­mem­bered by the mar­riage pro­posal made by fel­low Olympic medal­list Qin Kai, also a diver, who got down on one knee just af­ter she stepped off the podium.

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