Source: China State Council Information Office
In a thrilling showdown at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Olympic champion diver Quan Hongchan emerged victorious over her teammate Chen Yuxi in the women’s 10m platform, securing her first individual world title on Monday.
Quan, who turns 17 next month, won the gold medal with a total of 436.25 points. With this victory, she has now claimed individual titles across the Olympics, Asian Games, and World Championships.
Olympic champion Quan Hongchan clinched her first individual world title 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, with victory in the women’s 10m platform diving on Monday.
Chen, the three-time defending champion in the event, had to settle for second place with 427.80 points. Britain’s Andrea Spendolini Sirieix had bronze with 377.10 points.
The competition unfolded as a head-to-head battle between the two Chinese elites.
Throughout the preliminaries and semifinals, 18-year-old Chen maintained her lead, with Quan consistently in second place. Chen was aiming for her fourth title, while Quan, who had never won in this event before, stepped up her performance in the final.
“During the preliminaries, there were a lot of athletes to compete, and I didn’t feel fully engaged,” said Quan. “But when the final took place in the evening, I was more excited, and I managed to get into the right state.”
The intense battle reached its climax in the third round. Chen showcased remarkable mental composure with a flawless 626C dive, earning an impressive 94.05 points and narrowing the gap with Quan to just 0.05 points.
However, Quan responded in the fourth round with a back 3.5 somersaults in tuck, scoring 97.35 points, including four perfect 10s, widening the margin between her and Chen.
“I had confidence in that dive, and I’m thrilled and excited to have performed well,” she said.
Chen vowed to go all out in every competition. “Although the outcome is not entirely satisfying, it serves as a motivation for myself,” she said.
The duo will join forces to represent China in the women’s 10m synchronized on Tuesday.