China Completes Sweep of All 13 Diving Gold Medals at 2022 Worlds

by Riley Overend 10

July 03rd, 2022 Diving, News

2022 World Aquatics Championships – Diving

Jian Yang repeated as world champion in the men’s 10-meter platform final on Sunday, completing a perfect 13-for-13 sweep of diving golds over eight days at the 2022 World Championships.

It’s the second Worlds in a row where China has triumphed in every diving event that it entered. In 2019, China brought home 12 golds and did not compete in one of the mixed-gender synchro events that isn’t in the Olympics. At the 2011 World Championships, before mixed-gender synchro events were added to the slate, China won all 10 events. They’ve never topped the podium in every event at the Olympics, coming one short in 2008, 2016, and 2021.

Jian Yang had to rally from seventh place after botching a triple twisting forward 2½ in the third round. He retook the lead in the fifth round before sealing his victory with a 4.1 DD, the most difficult dive of the entire competition, that gave him 515.55 total points. Japanese teen Rikuto Tamai snagged silver with 488 points and China’s Hao Yang secured bronze with 485.45 points. 

“It’s pressure, but I made it,” Jian Yang said. “I withstood the pressure.”

It was Jian Yang’s first medal in Budapest this week and Hao Yang’s second after winning gold in the men’s 10-meter synchro on Tuesday. 

Earlier on Sunday, the Chinese duo of Yiwen Chen and Yani Chang led from start to finish in the women’s 3-meter synchro final for the country’s 12th gold medal of the meet. Chen and Chang took gold and bronze, respectively, in Saturday’s individual 3-meter event. China has now won 12 of the 13 women’s 3-meter synchro finals, all except for its debut in 1998. 

Japan’s Rin Kaneto and Sayaka Mikami (303 points) held off the Australian pair of Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith (294.12 points) for silver. Keeney and Smith were less than one point behind Kaneto and Mikami before the final round of diving. 

“This silver medal is a big hope for Paris [2024 Olympics],” said the 18-year-old Kaneto, who was returning from a shoulder injury.

The U.S. left Budapest with three diving medals. Sarah Bacon claimed silver in the women’s 1-meter springboard, Delaney Schnell and Katrina Young earned silver in the women’s 10-meter synchro, and Carson Tyler took bronze along with Schnell in the mixed 10-meter synchro. It was the first time since the 2009 World Championships that American divers brought home multiple silver medals. Only Great Britain had more silver medals than the U.S. with three. 

Final Diving Medals Table

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 13 2 2 17
Great Britain 0 3 3 6
United States  0 2 1 3
Japan 0 2 0 2
Canada 0 1 2 3
France 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 1 0 1
Ukraine  0 1 0 1
Australia 0 0 2 2
Malaysia 0 0 2 2
Germany 0 0 1 1


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1 month ago

Is Zhou Jihong behavior and presence the reason China won all those diving medals at Worlds?

Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Interesting that you refuse to give Chinese athletes the same credit for their work and abilities that you would give to European or American athletes. I wonder why that may be.

Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Do we (FINA) want to go in the direction of the AIBA? Even with the lackluster actions of the IOC they did take some actions and might proceed further by 2024/2028.

B1G Daddy
1 month ago

Was that one lady judge there coaching ‘em up like in Tokyo?

1 month ago

I’m repeating myself in these diving articles but I really do want to know:
Other than offering an apology, what consequences are there for Zhou Jihong?

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

FINA has apologised to Zhou by reappointing her as the Bureau Liaison for the TDC. Meanwhile the judges who blew the whistle have been thanked for raising their concerns, never to be seen or heard of again

Sandy p
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

She should be banned for good.

1 month ago

Great if you’re Chinese, but why would countries waste money on diving teams ? Put your funds towards sports where you have a chance , let the Chinese own this one…….boring.

Reply to  bob
1 month ago

Well China won 17, the rest of the world 22, so that’s 22 ‘victories’ for each and every swimmer and country to take home and be proud of.

Reply to  bob
1 month ago

What a backwards mentality. I bet you’re the type to give up on anything if you see people that are better than you at it

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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