BARCELONA, July 23, 2013 (AFP) – Chinese diver He Zi won gold in the women’s 1m springboard final on Tuesday by the finest of margins as she edged out Italy’s Tania Cagnotto by just one tenth of a point.
European champion Cagnotto looked set for gold as she led by five points going into the final round of dives but He produced the best effort of the competition with her final attempt to squeak into first place with 307.10 points to the Italian’s 307.00.
China also took bronze through Wang Han who tallied 297.75 points.
The gold is He’s second individual world title after also winning six years ago in Melbourne but she was made to produce her very best by Cagnotto as the two were separated by the lowest ever margin between first and second place at a world championships.
“I was a bit surprised with the victory but I am obviously very happy,” He said afterwards.
“Before the last dive, I was really nervous because the marks were very close. I managed to remain concentrated and I got the gold.”
Cagnotto moved ahead in the second round with her best dive of the day as her forward two and a half somersault pike was rewarded with a score of 65 from the judges.
She then consolidated her advantage in the fourth round as her lead grew to the biggest it had been all day.
However, He’s exceptional reverse one and half somersault and twist saw her land a 66.3 to move her back in front with the very last dive of the competition.
The 28-year-old was disappointed not to have won gold but insisted she was happy to have run He so close after missing out on a medal in the 3m springboard competition at the London Olympics last year.
“It was the first time I got so close to the Chinese and this is a good sign. I am getting closer to them,” she said.
“I got nervous going to the last dive as I had a real opportunity of getting my first world title. In the end I remained calm but the dive was not perfect.”
“In London, I lost the bronze medal by 0.20, here I lose the gold by 0.10. At the Games, I was really disappointed but here I am happy.”
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