Men’s 3m Synchro Champs Wang, Xie Cruise Through Springboard Prelims In Tokyo


The Chinese divers have been on an absolute tear thus far at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, claiming four of the five gold medals awarded along with a pair of silvers, and the momentum continued on Monday in the opening round of the men’s 3-meter springboard event.

After combining for gold in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard final last Wednesday, China’s dynamic duo of Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi comfortably advanced 1-2 into the semis of the individual 3m springboard event, putting up respective cumulate scores of 531.30 and 520.90.

Wang, had three dives scoring 90.00 or better, taking the lead after the second round and never relinquishing it. The 19-year-old is the reigning world champion in the men’s 1m springboard event, which is not contested at the Olympic Games.

Xie, the 25-year-old reigning two-time world champion in the 3m springboard, sat in third overall after three dives, but took hold of second over the final two rounds by producing back-to-back dives scoring 96.20 and 100.70 points, with the latter being the highest-scoring dive in the entire preliminary.

Great Britain’s Jack Laugher, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the event, qualified sixth into the semis with a score of 445.05.

Advancing in third and fourth was Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco Marrufo and GBR’s James Heatly, who both used massive 96.90 final dives to move up on the last round.

The semi-finals of the event will take place on Tuesday at 10:00 am local time in Tokyo, with the final to followed at 3:00 pm the same day.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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