Yang matched the achievements of his female compatriot Wu Shengping (CHN) by completing a golden double, having also won the 3m springboard competition.
None of Yang’s rivals came close to matching his winning score of 665.90 points, which was 134.20 more than that of silver medallist Philippe Gagne (CAN).
Chinese diver Yang Hao reveals the secret of his success
“Yang is a great diver,” Gagne said. “All his dives are very, very good, all the time. I'm really impressed by his consistency.”
Yang’s penultimate dive was his most difficult of the final – an armstand back triple somersault – for which he collected three 10s, three 9.5s and one 9, contributing to a stunning total of 101.50 points. He was the only diver of the night to score a total of more than 100 points.
“Of course I felt some pressure from seeing him dive,” Gagne said. “On all his dives he usually came up with an average of 9.5 points. I was trying to maybe get those marks to get closer to him but it was kind of hard.”
A man of few words, Yang insisted he felt no pressure, as he revealed the secret of his success: “My mentality. Not to think too much,” he said.
With Yang 's superiority giving the Chinese teenager control of the entire final, Gagne’s goal was to improve on his bronze medal-winning performance in the 3m springboard competition.
The Canadian succeeded – a mistake by Rodrigo Diego Lopez (MEX) on his fourth dive enabled Gagne to overtake his rival and move into second position.
“Today I was expecting just a bronze, like I did from the 3m [event],” Gagne said.
“Getting a silver is more than I expected so I'm very proud of myself. My preparations didn't go too well and I didn't expect to get two medals here.
“The key today was to stay concentrated. Before the Games, I used to think about my harder dives when I was doing another dive, but now I just go one dive at a time and try not to think about the other dives. I also tried to think what can go right about a dive and not what can go wrong.”