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China’s Shi completes FINA awards hat-trick

06 Dec 2017
Beijing, China, December 6, 2017: China’s Olympic and world diving champion Shi Tingmao has spoken of her pride in being named FINA Best Female Diver for the third consecutive year.

Shi, who completed her unique treble at the 4th FINA World Aquatics Gala in Sanya, China, on Saturday, December 2, belongs to an illustrious line of Chinese women on the springboard, following Gao Min, Fu Mingxia, Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia, world and Olympic champions all.

Shi shone at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, winning gold in the 3m individual and 3m synchro, and double gold again in the FINA World Series 3m overall and 3m synchro overall.

When asked how she felt to be the new springboard queen after Gao Min, Fu Mingxia, Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia, Shi answered: “I am flattered. For me, they are my idols and role models. I hope I can take over the baton from them and maintain the dominance.

“I am too young and too fresh to be compared to Gao, Fu and Guo and I did not get the chance to train or compete with them. I have watched the competition videos of them and admired their domination of the sport. Wu was my synchro partner and helped me a lot after I entered the national team at the end of 2012.”

Shi added: “I had no perfect competitions at all throughout the whole year, though I took the victories. I would give myself 80 points overall for my 2017 season. I am not satisfied with my performance but happy to beat the rusty form with my strong will.”

Regarding her double gold at the World Championships in Budapest, Shi added: “I have said before that I enjoyed international competition and I tried to show my best in Budapest since it was the first big event after the Rio Olympic Games.

“It was very hard to compare the Worlds with the Olympics but I felt I was not fully ready for this summer. I switched my role as a follower with veteran Wu Minxia to a leader now and I also changed my synchro partner: Chang Yani is 11 years younger than me.

“We started from zero and made improvement on the synchronisation each time. I performed to my normal form in the individual event and competed with myself.”

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