POST TIME: 3 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
China’s divers sweep successive 1-2

China’s divers sweep successive 1-2

China’s Shi Tingmao competes in the women’s 3m platform diving final during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday. AFP photo

AFP, JAKARTA: China's divers secured their 12th successive one-two in the women's three metre springboard and the men's 10 metre platform on Saturday, giving them a clean sweep of gold and silver in both events since they joined the Asian Games in 1974.

A tidy forward two-and-a-half somersaults and one twist sealed victory in the three metre event for Shi Tingmao, 27, who had already claimed gold in Jakarta in the synchronised three metre springboard.

Her winning score of 389.40 trumped that of rival and team-mate Wang Han, 27, who bagged the silver on 383.40 to add to her gold in the one metre springboard.

“The gold medal is a really good birthday present,” Shi said after turning 27 on Friday. “This gives me more motivation to do a better job.”

“Now the most important thing I can do is persist because I am not a young athlete,” added Shi.

It was Shi's fifth Asian Games gold medal, equalling the record held by diving great Wu Minxia.

Malaysia's Nur Dhabitah Sabri took bronze with 330.75.

But it was in the men's 10 metre platform that China showed off the utter brilliance of the nation's diving, with Yang Jian scooping gold and Qiu Bo taking the silver.

Despite a stupendous back three somersaults from a handstand position in the fourth round and a mesmerising forward four-and-a-half somersaults in the sixth -- both with a 9.8 average score -- defending Asiad champion Qiu had to settle for second.

Yang, 24, runner-up four years ago in Incheon, tumbled into the top spot with a score of 579.10.

Qiu, 25, a silver medallist at the London Olympics, rolled in with 566.60.

The crowd, well aware they were seeing a class act, gave a momentous roar after each of the men's six dives.

Almost 90 points behind on 477.55 came South Korea's Woo Ha-ram.