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Chinese diver Lin hits the heights

Date : 16 Oct 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 16, 2018: China’s Lin Shan may be terrified standing on the diving board, but when she leaves it she usually leaps to the top of the podium.

A fear of heights has not stopped the Chinese diver from dominating the women’s diving events at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

On Monday, the 17-year-old Lin successfully conquered her acrophobia for the second time in three days, adding the women’s 3m springboard gold medal to the one she picked up in the 10m platform on Saturday.

Lin impressed spectators and judges alike at the Natatorium to top the podium with a score of 505.50, more than 60 points ahead of silver medallist Uliana Kliueva, from Russia.

Despite her dominant medal-winning performances, Lin admitted she finds being high above the ground a terrifying experience. “I’m scared of heights,” she said. “I just jump. When I’m in the moment I just jump and don’t think about it.”

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