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Springboard, Women

Date12 – 14 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationParque Aquático Maria Lenk, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants29 from 18 countries
Format3 metre springboard.

China had won every gold medal in the individual Olympic springboard competition since Seoul in 1988, and also every silver since Sydney in 2000, and there was nothing to suggest that would not be the case in Rio. They had amongst their ranks, Shi Tingmao, the 2015 World Champion and FINA World Female Diver of the Year, and she was clearly one of the favourites to win gold in the 3-metre event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. Her impressive list of results in 2015 also saw her win the individual 3-metre gold at all four World Series events. She came into the Rio Games with two gold medals to her name from the 2016 FINA World Cup and was also the individual 3-metre winner in the Beijing and Dubai World Series events. The 2015 World Championship runner-up He Zi also of China, and bronze medalist, Italy’s Tania Cagnotto, were expected to finish behind Tingmao for the other two medals.

On the first day of the qualifiers, the pool was closed for practice whilst officials tried to get the water back to its original blue colour from the murky green it had become. The qualifying went ahead with assurances that the change of colour would pose no health risks to the competitors and Canada’s Jennifer Abel topped the first group of qualifiers ahead of some high-class divers including Zi, Tingmao and Cagnotto. Spare a thought for Nadezhda Bazhina of Russia as she slipped attempting her fourth dive and landed in the water on her back, and was awarded no points

The semi-final round reduced the field to the 12 finalists and this time Tingmao topped the list of qualifiers nearly a full 21 points ahead of Zi and more than 60 points clear of Jennifer Abel as another China one-two looked on the cards. The Chinese divers were the last two to dive in the opening round of the final; in the lead at that point were Cagnotto and Abel jointly on 76.50. That all changed after Zi went and scored 81.00 but, with the last dive of the round, Tingmao matched her team-mate’s score and they jointly held first place. That was the same after round two when, again, they both scored 81.00 with Cagnotto moving into third place on her own, but a long way behind the two Chinese divers. The Italian consolidated her third place in round three while Tingmao pulled away from Zi with 84.00 to 74.40. By now it was obvious that China would take gold and silver, but the battle for bronze heated up with the fourth round dives. Cagnotto had a disaster scoring just 69.00 while Abel moved back into third with a 79.90, and Tingmao pulled away even further in the race to gold.

After her disastrous fourth dive, an 81.00 put Cagnotto back into third after her final dive and Abel knew that 74.60 or better would give her the bronze medal, but she finished off with a poor dive and she scored just 69. Meanwhile, Tingmao wound up proceedings with her third 81.00 of the competition and ended up the victor by 18.15 points, adding the individual gold to the synchronised one she won seven days earlier. For Zi, there was one final moment of sheer joy in store. Shortly after being presented with her silver medal, her boyfriend Qin Kai, a synchronised springboard bronze medallist a few days earlier, proposed to Zi in front a global audience of billions – fortunately she said “Yes”.

PosNrDiverNOCQualifyingSFFinal
1Shi TingmaoCHN357.55 (3)385.00 (1)406.05 (1)Gold
2He ZiCHN367.05 (2)364.05 (2)387.90 (2)Silver
3Tania CagnottoITA347.30 (4)324.40 (7)372.80 (3)Bronze
4Jennifer AbelCAN373.00 (1)343.45 (3)367.25 (4)
5Maddison KeeneyAUS323.35 (9)326.35 (4)349.65 (5)
6Esther QinAUS347.25 (5)315.65 (10)344.10 (6)
7Pamela WareCAN329.10 (7)318.25 (9)323.15 (7)
8Grace ReidGBR304.95 (14)314.25 (11)318.60 (8)
9Nora SubschinskiGER302.05 (16)308.25 (12)317.10 (9)
10Ng Yan YeeMAS299.05 (17)324.75 (=5)306.60 (10)
11Olena FedorovaUKR318.10 (10)321.00 (8)304.80 (11)
12Abby JohnstonUSA333.60 (6)324.75 (=5)302.85 (12)
13Kassidy CookUSA327.75 (8)304.35 (13)
14Uschi FreitagNED317.10 (11)298.95 (14)
15Kristina IlyinykhRUS304.05 (15)295.20 (15)
16Dolores HernándezMEX295.20 (18)293.05 (16)
17Tina PunzelGER307.95 (13)291.60 (17)
18Anastasiya NedobihaUKR309.50 (12)290.15 (18)
19Maria MarconiITA292.95 (19)
20Rebecca GallantreeGBR286.65 (20)
21Cheong Jun HoongMAS282.25 (21)
22Melany HernándezMEX279.45 (22)
23Diana PinedaCOL276.90 (23)
24Elizabeth CuiNZL273.30 (24)
25Marcela MarićCRO271.40 (25)
26Nadezhda BazhinaRUS252.00 (26)
27Juliana VelosoBRA240.90 (27)
28Maha AmerEGY238.55 (28)
29Julia VincentRSA220.30 (29)

Qualifying (12 August 2016 — 15:30)

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

Judge 1 (Dives 1-3)Mohamed HassanEGY
Judge 2 (Dives 1-3)Ana BarbosaBRA
Judge 3 (Dives 1-3)Rao LangCHN
Judge 4 (Dives 1-3)Nikolaos TouloudisGRE
Judge 5 (Dives 1-3)Simon LatimerNZL
Judge 6 (Dives 1-3)Anatoly GolovanUKR
Judge 7 (Dives 1-3)Min Suck-HongKOR
Judge 1 (Dives 4-5)Florin AvasiloaeROU
Judge 2 (Dives 4-5)Mayur VyasINA
Judge 3 (Dives 4-5)Arne TellefsenNOR
Judge 4 (Dives 4-5)Hélène MorneauCAN
Judge 5 (Dives 4-5)Gillian BrookerAUS
Judge 6 (Dives 4-5)Rolando RuizCUB
Judge 7 (Dives 4-5)Marco PolazzoITA
PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
12Jennifer AbelCAN373.0070.50 (6)76.50 (=1)77.50 (2)76.50 (1)72.00 (=4)Q
23He ZiCHN367.0576.50 (=1)72.00 (=4)79.05 (1)72.00 (=3)67.50 (=7)Q
31Shi TingmaoCHN357.5572.00 (=3)76.50 (=1)69.00 (6)63.55 (10)76.50 (=1)Q
412Tania CagnottoITA347.3076.50 (=1)72.00 (=4)71.30 (5)54.00 (=18)73.50 (3)Q
529Esther QinAUS347.2569.00 (7)69.75 (=6)72.00 (=3)69.00 (6)67.50 (=7)Q
619Abby JohnstonUSA333.6063.00 (=16)76.50 (=1)65.10 (8)66.00 (=8)63.00 (=17)Q
723Pamela WareCAN329.1057.00 (25)65.10 (=9)63.00 (=9)72.00 (=3)72.00 (=4)Q
813Kassidy CookUSA327.7564.50 (=13)69.75 (=6)60.00 (18)70.50 (5)63.00 (=17)Q
918Maddison KeeneyAUS323.3558.50 (=22)43.50 (=27)72.00 (=3)72.85 (2)76.50 (=1)Q
1011Olena FedorovaUKR318.1063.00 (=16)64.50 (12)61.50 (=14)61.60 (11)67.50 (9)Q
1122Uschi FreitagNED317.1064.50 (=13)65.10 (=9)63.00 (=9)61.50 (=12)63.00 (=17)Q
1224Anastasiya NedobihaUKR309.5072.00 (=3)62.00 (16)49.50 (=21)58.50 (=14)67.50 (10)Q
1321Tina PunzelGER307.9572.00 (=3)60.45 (=17)63.00 (=9)45.00 (=26)67.50 (11)Q
1428Grace ReidGBR304.9558.50 (=22)60.45 (=17)63.00 (=9)58.50 (=14)64.50 (=14)Q
1515Kristina IlyinykhRUS304.0563.45 (15)65.10 (=9)46.50 (26)61.50 (=12)67.50 (12)Q
1620Nora SubschinskiGER302.0563.00 (=16)63.55 (=13)66.00 (7)45.00 (=26)64.50 (=14)Q
1727Ng Yan YeeMAS299.0567.50 (=8)63.55 (=13)49.50 (=21)54.00 (=18)64.50 (=14)Q
188Dolores HernándezMEX295.2067.50 (=8)37.20 (29)61.50 (=14)66.00 (=8)63.00 (=17)Q
195Maria MarconiITA292.9567.50 (10)67.50 (8)60.45 (17)48.00 (25)49.50 (26)
2016Rebecca GallantreeGBR286.6558.50 (=22)57.00 (22)51.15 (20)57.00 (16)63.00 (=17)
2126Cheong Jun HoongMAS282.2552.50 (27)43.50 (=27)49.50 (=21)68.60 (7)68.15 (6)
2214Melany HernándezMEX279.4567.50 (11)60.45 (=17)39.00 (28)54.00 (=18)58.50 (=22)
237Diana PinedaCOL276.9060.90 (20)54.00 (23)49.50 (=21)54.00 (=18)58.50 (=22)
2417Elizabeth CuiNZL273.3048.00 (29)51.30 (24)63.00 (=9)54.00 (=18)57.00 (24)
2510Marcela MarićCRO271.4056.70 (26)58.80 (20)49.50 (=21)56.00 (17)50.40 (25)
269Nadezhda BazhinaRUS252.0067.50 (12)63.00 (15)54.00 (19)0.00 (29)67.50 (13)
276Juliana VelosoBRA240.9063.00 (=16)49.50 (25)61.50 (=14)27.90 (28)39.00 (28)
284Maha AmerEGY238.5560.75 (21)46.20 (26)39.20 (27)49.20 (24)43.20 (27)
2925Julia VincentRSA220.3048.60 (28)58.50 (21)21.70 (29)54.00 (=18)37.50 (29)

Semi-Finals (13 August 2016 — 16:00)

Five dives. Top 12 advanced to the final.

Judge 1 (Dives 1-3)Mohamed HassanEGY
Judge 2 (Dives 1-3)Rao LangCHN
Judge 3 (Dives 1-3)Marc FaberNED
Judge 4 (Dives 1-3)Simon LatimerNZL
Judge 5 (Dives 1-3)Mohamed HassanEGY
Judge 6 (Dives 1-3)Peter AxteliusSWE
Judge 7 (Dives 1-3)William LeeSGP
Judge 1 (Dives 4-5)Florin AvasiloaeROU
Judge 2 (Dives 4-5)Hélène MorneauCAN
Judge 3 (Dives 4-5)Ildikó Kelemen-KovácsHUN
Judge 4 (Dives 4-5)Masaaki ItoJPN
Judge 5 (Dives 4-5)Félix CalderónPUR
Judge 6 (Dives 4-5)Min Suck-HongKOR
Judge 7 (Dives 4-5)Anatoly GolovanUKR
PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
116Shi TingmaoCHN385.0076.50 (1)78.00 (1)81.00 (1)77.50 (2)72.00 (=2)Q
217He ZiCHN364.0567.50 (=5)73.50 (2)79.05 (=2)72.00 (3)72.00 (=2)Q
318Jennifer AbelCAN343.4558.50 (=16)67.50 (=6)79.05 (=2)79.90 (1)58.50 (=16)Q
410Maddison KeeneyAUS326.3564.50 (=10)58.50 (15)58.50 (=11)66.65 (8)78.20 (1)Q
=513Abby JohnstonUSA324.7561.50 (14)63.00 (=12)69.75 (4)67.50 (=5)63.00 (=9)Q
=52Ng Yan YeeMAS324.7560.00 (15)69.75 (=3)58.50 (=11)69.00 (4)67.50 (=7)Q
715Tania CagnottoITA324.4073.50 (2)67.50 (=6)58.90 (10)64.50 (=9)60.00 (=12)Q
89Olena FedorovaUKR321.0067.50 (=5)63.00 (=12)67.50 (5)63.00 (=11)60.00 (=12)Q
912Pamela WareCAN318.2564.50 (=10)54.25 (16)63.00 (=6)67.50 (=5)69.00 (6)Q
1014Esther QinAUS315.6572.00 (3)66.65 (=8)49.50 (=16)57.00 (14)70.50 (=4)Q
115Grace ReidGBR314.2566.00 (=8)69.75 (=3)57.00 (14)58.50 (13)63.00 (=9)Q
123Nora SubschinskiGER308.2566.00 (=8)69.75 (=3)49.50 (=16)55.50 (15)67.50 (=7)Q
1311Kassidy CookUSA304.3564.50 (=10)41.85 (18)63.00 (=6)64.50 (=9)70.50 (=4)
148Uschi FreitagNED298.9563.00 (13)60.45 (14)63.00 (=6)52.50 (=16)60.00 (=12)
154Kristina IlyinykhRUS295.2056.70 (18)46.50 (17)63.00 (=6)67.50 (=5)61.50 (11)
161Dolores HernándezMEX293.0558.50 (=16)63.55 (11)58.50 (=11)52.50 (=16)60.00 (=12)
176Tina PunzelGER291.6070.50 (=4)65.10 (10)34.50 (18)63.00 (=11)58.50 (=16)
187Anastasiya NedobihaUKR290.1570.50 (=4)66.65 (=8)54.00 (15)49.50 (18)49.50 (18)

Final Round (14 August 2016 — 16:00)

Five dives.

Judge 1Simon LatimerNZL
Judge 2William LeeSGP
Judge 3Rolando RuizCUB
Judge 4Peter AxteliusSWE
Judge 5Masaaki ItoJPN
Judge 6Florin AvasiloaeROU
Judge 7Cristina RíosCOL
PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5
112Shi TingmaoCHN406.0581.00 (=1)81.00 (=1)84.00 (1)79.05 (=2)81.00 (=2)
211He ZiCHN387.9081.00 (=1)81.00 (=1)74.40 (2)76.50 (4)75.00 (4)
36Tania CagnottoITA372.8076.50 (=3)75.00 (3)71.30 (4)69.00 (6)81.00 (=2)
410Jennifer AbelCAN367.2576.50 (=3)69.00 (4)72.85 (3)79.90 (1)69.00 (6)
59Maddison KeeneyAUS349.6564.50 (8)64.50 (10)60.00 (9)79.05 (=2)81.60 (1)
63Esther QinAUS344.1072.00 (5)65.10 (=6)67.50 (=5)67.50 (=7)72.00 (5)
74Pamela WareCAN323.1563.00 (=9)66.65 (5)67.50 (=5)73.50 (5)52.50 (12)
82Grace ReidGBR318.6063.00 (=9)65.10 (=6)58.50 (10)64.50 (9)67.50 (=7)
91Nora SubschinskiGER317.1063.00 (=9)65.10 (=6)63.00 (8)58.50 (11)67.50 (=7)
108Ng Yan YeeMAS306.6067.50 (=6)65.10 (=6)67.50 (=5)40.50 (12)66.00 (=10)
115Olena FedorovaUKR304.8063.00 (=9)58.50 (12)57.00 (11)58.80 (10)67.50 (=7)
127Abby JohnstonUSA302.8567.50 (=6)60.00 (11)41.85 (12)67.50 (=7)66.00 (=10)