Consistency is the springboard to success as Wu wins another gold
China’s Wu Shengping won the 3m springboard gold medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games on 25 August – having already won the women's 10m platform competition two days earlier.
Wu, who had just turned 18 and was competing in her home city, posted a winning score of 492.05 to beat her closest rival by more than 30 points.
Her balanced and virtually faultless performance was watched by a delighted home crowd that included Chinese basketball star Yao Ming.
Wu Shengping talks to the media after winning her second gold
Going into the event, Wu had not been confident of victory. “For the 10m [competition], I had a better idea of the results in my heart because I train more for that. For this springboard, I felt I did poorer,” she explained.
“At senior level, especially for the springboard, I’m still far behind, including the difficulty of my dives,” she said.
Asked about the secret of her success, Whu answered: “It’s just a matter of consistency.”
Ukraine’s Ganna Krasnoshlyk, who started the final in seventh place after a poor performance in the preliminary round, moved into the bronze medal position with her first dive and held it until her third.
“My third jump didn’t go that well though and I was a bit worried about it,” she said.
But her fourth dive, a remarkable reverse two-and–a-half somersault, lifted her to the silver medal position – and brought a feeling of amazement.
“It is incredible, just super,” Krasnoshlyk added. “I really didn't expect it, I'm still shocked.
“I was very nervous before tonight’s final and especially on my first dive. I knew that if I could start in my usual way and do a good first jump, all the others would have been OK.”
Despite starting the final with a good first dive, Krasnoshlyk doubted she would achieve a podium finish.
“Wu was unbeatable today. I didn't expect to win, I didn’t even expect to get the silver,” she admitted.
She added that her unexpected success would push her to train even harder. “Now I just want to participate in the Olympics in Rio in 2016,” she said.
Zhiayi Loh (MAS), who won silver in the 10m platform final, claimed bronze with 446.70 points.
“I did not expect to win a bronze medal in this event,” she admitted. “I concentrate more on the 10m [platform] and I’m very surprised to win this medal.”