We felt a little bit anxious but no more than a typical competitors. Springboard diving is a bit of a b– actually. The pressure is on for Mexicos Rommel Pacheco Marrufo after his team-mate Osmar Olvera Ibarra didnt certify for the finals– their country has previously stood out at Olympic diving, its most medal-producing sport in history.
Chinese divers continued to lead the method in the semi-finals for the guyss 3m springboard diving, after Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan produced a series of remarkable dives to claim the leading two spots.
Xie and Wang, who won the gold medal in the synchronised 3m springboard as team-mates recently, were in the top two for the whole competitors, and completed with 543.45 and 540.50 points respectively ahead of todays last.
Among them might become the first male diver in 20 years to win both private and synchronised 3m springboard at the very same Olympics after their compatriot Xiong Ni achieved such an accomplishment at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games.
Jack Laugher and James Heatly of Britain came 4th and third, while 40-year-old Japanese Ken Terauchi, the diving occasions earliest contender, also qualified in the leading 12, finishing seventh.
Laugher ended up being Britains first ever Olympic diving champ together with Chris Mears at Rio 2016 – but just directly avoided finishing last with brand-new partner Daniel Goodfellow in Tokyo in the 3m synchronised occasion last week.
” [It] was just a bad day and everybody has them,” Laugher said after that frustration. ” Sometimes you cant put your finger on it.
” We woke up feeling excellent. We felt a bit nervous however no more than a regular competitors. Springboard diving is a bit of a b– truly. It actually does simply go south extremely quickly and there is really little you can do about it.”
Laugher also won Olympic silver in the 3m individual springboard in 2016 – and said he still feels “pretty excellent” about his prospects of making the podium once again.
Colombia, which has actually never ever won an Olympic medal in diving, left the competitors after Daniel Restrepo Garcia and Sebastian Morales Mendoza didnt make the cut.
The pressure is on for Mexicos Rommel Pacheco Marrufo after his team-mate Osmar Olvera Ibarra didnt receive the finals– their country has actually formerly stood out at Olympic diving, its most medal-producing sport in history. The 35-year-old has stated in the past that he plans to retire after Tokyo. Reuters