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Springboard, Women

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants27 from 17 countries
Format3 metre springboard.

Since they won their first medal in 1984, China had won every springboard gold medal and there was nothing to suggest this run would come to an end in Tokyo. China’s Shi Tingmao was the only woman to win two gold medals in Rio and was a clear favourite to add another in Tokyo. At the 2019 World Championships Tingmao and Wang Han occupied first and second place in the springboard event, just as they had done two years earlier. They were also fresh from winning the synchronised title at Tokyo 2020.

It was hard to imagine anybody, other than the two Chinese divers, occupying the gold and silver position, but the best chance of the bronze medal was with the Canadians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware. Abel had finished second, with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu, behind Tongmao and Han in the synchronised event three days earlier. Abel medalled behind Tingmao and Han at the 2017 World Championships, but beat the two Chinese divers to win the 2019 World Series. Kim Su-Ji of Korea was third in the 1-metre springboard event at the 2019 World Championships and was a possible threat to the Canadians for the bronze medal.

Tingmao and Han dominated the preliminary round, scoring 350.45 and 347.25 respectively, with Abel and Ware next, but approximately 20 points behind. Japan’s Sayaka Mikami was fifth while the leading American was Hailey Hernandez. Tingmao led from the first round of dives, and while Han dropped to fourth at one stage, she pulled herself back into it with good fourth and fifth dives.

The Chinese pair dominated the semi-final that reduced the field from 18 to 12, but it was Han who led after the first three dives, with Tingmao down in joint seventh after her opening dive. Dive four, however, saw her outscore Han by more than 18 points and leapfrog her into first place. She stayed there, with Tingmao qualifying for the final in second place

Abel always looked like qualifying and was never lower than third place. Her fellow Canadian Pamela Ware, however, was eliminated in 18th place after failing to score with her last dive. She was forced to abandon the dive after mis-stepping on the board and just jumped feet first into the water instead of possibly injuring herself if she dived. A similar thing happened to Mexico’s Arantxa Chávez during her third dive in the preliminary round.

For the Chinese pair, the final was no different, with Tingmao dominating proceedings from the first dive and winning her fourth gold over the past two Olympics, by 34.75 points from Han. A delighted Krysta Palmer of the United States, a mixed team bronze medallist in the 2018 World Cup, took bronze thanks to a forward 2.5 somersault with two twists with her final dive that yielded 73.10 and put her ahead of Malaysa’s Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri. Abel was a favourite to secure bronze going into the final and after two dives was in the bronze medal position. After a failed reverse 2.5 somersaults in the third round, she scored just 39.00 points and slipped to ninth, never recovering.

China won their ninth consecutive springboard gold medal, and Shi Tingmao re-confirmed that she was the leading female diver in the world and two further golds in Tokyo took her total of Olympic and World gold medals to 12.

PosNrDiverNOCQualifyingSFFinal
1Shi TingmaoCHN350.45 (1)371.45 (1)383.50 (1)Gold
2Wang HanCHN347.25 (2)346.85 (2)348.75 (2)Silver
3Krysta PalmerUSA279.10 (15)316.65 (5)343.75 (3)Bronze
4Nur Dhabitah Binti SabriMAS291.60 (10)312.60 (6)326.15 (4)
5Inge JansenNED278.75 (16)301.90 (9)311.05 (5)
6Aranza VázquezMEX294.30 (8)318.60 (4)303.45 (6)
7Tina PunzelGER287.00 (14)311.05 (7)302.95 (7)
8Jennifer AbelCAN332.40 (3)341.40 (3)297.45 (8)
9Hailey HernandezUSA309.55 (6)291.60 (10)288.45 (9)
10Mariya PolyakovaROC288.55 (13)290.10 (11)284.05 (10)
11Michelle HeimbergSUI289.95 (11)289.80 (12)283.35 (11)
12Esther QinAUS292.80 (9)309.15 (8)261.95 (12)
13Emma GullstrandSWE289.65 (12)288.85 (13)
14Anabelle SmithAUS272.05 (18)285.60 (14)
15Kim Su-JiKOR304.20 (7)283.90 (15)
16Sayaka MikamiJPN317.10 (5)273.70 (16)
17Haruka EnomotoJPN277.85 (17)255.40 (17)
18Pamela WareCAN330.10 (4)245.10 (18)
19Grace ReidGBR268.15 (19)
20Ng Yan YeeMAS251.95 (20)
21Luana LiraBRA244.35 (21)
22Scarlett Mew JensenGBR243.25 (22)
23Viktoriya KesarUKR238.20 (23)
24Hanna PysmenskaUKR232.30 (24)
25Julia VincentRSA228.90 (25)
26Micaela BouterRSA216.15 (26)
27Arantxa ChávezMEX190.35 (27)

Qualifying (30 July 2021 — 15:00)

Five dives. Top 18 advanced to the semi-finals.

PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
1Shi TingmaoCHN350.4572.00 (1)70.50 (3)69.00 (3)75.95 (1)63.00 (=6)Q
2Wang HanCHN347.2570.50 (2)63.00 (=8)72.00 (=1)69.75 (2)72.00 (1)Q
3Jennifer AbelCAN332.4063.00 (=8)74.40 (1)63.00 (=5)63.00 (=8)69.00 (2)Q
4Pamela WareCAN330.1067.50 (=3)72.85 (2)67.50 (4)54.00 (=13)68.25 (3)Q
5Sayaka MikamiJPN317.1063.00 (=8)65.10 (=5)72.00 (=1)63.00 (=8)54.00 (=18)Q
6Hailey HernandezUSA309.5560.75 (17)67.20 (4)61.60 (7)63.00 (=8)57.00 (=15)Q
7Kim Su-JiKOR304.2061.50 (=15)65.10 (=5)54.60 (13)64.50 (=6)58.50 (=10)Q
8Aranza VázquezMEX294.3052.50 (22)55.80 (=13)58.50 (=10)66.00 (=3)61.50 (8)Q
9Esther QinAUS292.8066.00 (=5)55.80 (=13)63.00 (=5)49.50 (=20)58.50 (=10)Q
10Nur Dhabitah Binti SabriMAS291.6067.50 (=3)65.10 (=5)58.50 (=10)54.00 (=13)46.50 (25)Q
11Michelle HeimbergSUI289.9561.50 (=15)48.00 (=20)60.45 (9)66.00 (=3)54.00 (=18)Q
12Emma GullstrandSWE289.6563.00 (=8)51.15 (18)52.50 (=17)64.50 (=6)58.50 (=10)Q
13Mariya PolyakovaROC288.5563.00 (=8)63.00 (=8)46.50 (=19)52.50 (=17)63.55 (5)Q
14Tina PunzelGER287.0045.00 (26)62.00 (11)52.50 (=17)63.00 (=8)64.50 (4)Q
15Krysta PalmerUSA279.1066.00 (=5)48.00 (=20)40.50 (=22)65.10 (5)59.50 (9)Q
16Inge JansenNED278.7563.00 (=8)63.00 (=8)55.50 (12)38.75 (26)58.50 (=10)Q
17Haruka EnomotoJPN277.8563.00 (=8)57.35 (12)54.00 (=14)54.00 (=13)49.50 (23)Q
18Anabelle SmithAUS272.0563.55 (7)55.50 (15)46.50 (=19)49.50 (=20)57.00 (=15)Q
19Grace ReidGBR268.1558.50 (=18)35.65 (25)54.00 (=14)57.00 (12)63.00 (=6)
20Ng Yan YeeMAS251.9549.50 (=24)44.95 (22)61.50 (8)52.50 (=17)43.50 (26)
21Luana LiraBRA244.3549.95 (23)54.00 (17)36.00 (=24)50.40 (19)54.00 (=18)
22Scarlett Mew JensenGBR243.2549.50 (=24)54.25 (16)40.50 (=22)40.50 (25)58.50 (=10)
23Viktoriya KesarUKR238.2057.00 (21)49.50 (19)45.00 (21)49.50 (=20)37.20 (27)
24Hanna PysmenskaUKR232.3039.00 (27)40.30 (23)54.00 (=14)43.50 (23)55.50 (17)
25Julia VincentRSA228.9063.00 (=8)27.90 (27)36.00 (=24)54.00 (=13)48.00 (24)
26Micaela BouterRSA216.1558.50 (=18)33.60 (26)32.55 (26)37.50 (27)54.00 (=18)
27Arantxa ChávezMEX190.3558.50 (=18)36.00 (24)0.00 (27)41.85 (24)54.00 (=18)

Semi-Finals (31 July 2021 — 15:00)

Five dives. Top 12 advanced to the final.

PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
1Shi TingmaoCHN371.4564.50 (=7)73.50 (2)76.50 (1)75.95 (1)81.00 (1)Q
2Wang HanCHN346.8570.50 (1)72.00 (3)75.00 (2)57.35 (13)72.00 (3)Q
3Jennifer AbelCAN341.4067.50 (=3)74.40 (1)60.00 (9)63.00 (=5)76.50 (2)Q
4Aranza VázquezMEX318.6067.50 (=3)65.10 (=5)61.50 (=7)63.00 (=5)61.50 (10)Q
5Krysta PalmerUSA316.6560.00 (14)54.00 (=13)61.50 (=7)69.75 (2)71.40 (4)Q
6Nur Dhabitah Binti SabriMAS312.6063.00 (=9)65.10 (=5)63.00 (=4)63.00 (=5)58.50 (=12)Q
7Tina PunzelGER311.0561.50 (=12)63.55 (8)63.00 (=4)63.00 (=5)60.00 (11)Q
8Esther QinAUS309.1569.00 (2)51.15 (=16)58.50 (=10)67.50 (=3)63.00 (=8)Q
9Inge JansenNED301.9063.00 (=9)63.00 (=9)58.50 (=10)58.90 (9)58.50 (=12)Q
10Hailey HernandezUSA291.6056.70 (16)54.60 (12)63.00 (=4)58.80 (10)58.50 (=12)Q
11Mariya PolyakovaROC290.1061.50 (=12)54.00 (=13)55.50 (=14)54.00 (15)65.10 (7)Q
12Michelle HeimbergSUI289.8055.50 (=17)54.00 (=13)55.80 (13)57.00 (14)67.50 (6)Q
13Emma GullstrandSWE288.8555.50 (=17)51.15 (=16)54.00 (16)58.50 (=11)69.70 (5)
14Anabelle SmithAUS285.6065.10 (6)63.00 (=9)55.50 (=14)39.00 (17)63.00 (=8)
15Kim Su-JiKOR283.9063.00 (=9)46.50 (18)57.40 (12)58.50 (=11)58.50 (=12)
16Sayaka MikamiJPN273.7064.50 (=7)68.20 (4)19.50 (18)67.50 (=3)54.00 (17)
17Haruka EnomotoJPN255.4058.50 (15)58.90 (11)46.50 (17)36.00 (18)55.50 (16)
18Pamela WareCAN245.1067.50 (=3)65.10 (=5)64.50 (3)48.00 (16)0.00 (18)

Final Round (1 August 2021 — 15:00)

Five dives.

RefereeIldikó KelemenHUN
Assistant RefereeAkito SuehiroJPN
Judge 1Lindsey FraserGBR
Judge 2William LeeSGP
Judge 3Rolando RuizCUB
Judge 4Florin AvasiloaeROU
Judge 5Mayur VyasIND
Judge 6Angelique RodríguezPUR
Judge 7Lisa WrightNZL
Alternate JudgeMarco ZampieriITA
PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
1Shi TingmaoCHN383.5076.50 (1)76.50 (1)75.00 (1)77.50 (1)78.00 (1)
2Wang HanCHN348.7572.00 (2)67.50 (3)66.00 (=3)69.75 (2)73.50 (2)
3Krysta PalmerUSA343.7567.50 (=3)63.00 (=5)73.50 (2)66.65 (4)73.10 (3)
4Nur Dhabitah Binti SabriMAS326.1563.00 (=6)66.65 (4)61.50 (=6)67.50 (3)67.50 (=4)
5Inge JansenNED311.0563.00 (=6)63.00 (=5)58.50 (10)63.55 (6)63.00 (9)
6Aranza VázquezMEX303.4563.00 (=6)60.45 (8)66.00 (=3)46.50 (11)67.50 (=4)
7Tina PunzelGER302.9566.00 (5)44.95 (10)61.50 (=6)63.00 (7)67.50 (=4)
8Jennifer AbelCAN297.4563.00 (=6)69.75 (2)39.00 (12)64.50 (5)61.20 (11)
9Hailey HernandezUSA288.4558.05 (12)58.80 (9)58.80 (9)58.80 (8)54.00 (12)
10Mariya PolyakovaROC284.0561.50 (10)39.00 (11)63.00 (5)57.00 (9)63.55 (8)
11Michelle HeimbergSUI283.3560.00 (11)63.00 (=5)41.85 (11)54.00 (10)64.50 (7)
12Esther QinAUS261.9567.50 (=3)29.45 (12)61.50 (=6)42.00 (12)61.50 (10)