Chinese diver Zheng Shuangxue
GWANGJU – China dominated in the pool at the Universiade with the first gold medal in the one-metre springboard at the Nambu University International Aquatics Centre.
Chinese diver Zheng Shuangxue repeated her gold medal performance from Kazan by edging Korean diver Nami Kim on the opening day of competition to secure the first gold medal of the Universiade for China. The battle for gold between Kim and Shuangxue came down to the final dive. “The first four jumps were quite good, but the last jump she (Kim) may have felt the pressure and it was not enough,” said Shuangxue.
Shuangxue cruised to victory with 286.20 points, Kim a close second with 274.95 points. The silver from Kim was the first medal of the Universiade for the host country and the first Universiade diving medal for Korea in 12 years. Chinese diver Sun Mengchen captured bronze. “I think this pool is more like home and the people here are very enthusiastic.”
Back in 2013 at the Kazan Universiade Shuangxue won gold in the three metre synchronized springboard. This is her first individual gold medal.
In men’s three-metre springboard action Jianfeng Peng had a dominating performance to lock down China’s second gold diving medal. Peng amassed a whopping 515.30 points while Evgenii Novoselov from Russia was over forty points behind in second place. Peng attributes success to his coaches and strict discipline. “I’m very happy and relaxed to be here,” said Peng following his gold medal win.
Megan McPhaden (CAN), FISU Young Reporter