Qin, bronze medallist in synchronised springboard, acquired down on one knee throughout silver medallist He is lap of honour
He Zi receives a wedding proposal from diver Qin Kai after the medal ceremony. PHOTO: REUTERS
RIO DE JANEIRO: Shi Tingmao claimed gold for China in Sunday’s 3m springboard diving remaining, however was relegated to 3rd wheel by newly engaged teammates He Zi and Qin Kai.
Qin, bronze medallist within the males’s 3m synchronised springboard, received down on one knee while silver medallist He was on her lap of honour and, after a prolonged wait, lastly obtained the all-necessary “sure” he was in search of.
“He stated a whole lot of issues, made a variety of guarantees, however I feel the factor that touched me probably the most is I feel that is the man I can belief for the remainder of my life,” stated He, proudly displaying her shiny new ring.
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He and Qin have been courting since 2010, and while being caught off guard, she admitted she almost rumbled his plan as Qin acquired in some proposal follow on Sunday morning.
“This morning in his room he was reciting one thing and I didn’t discover (what it was). I requested him and he stated he was singing,” added He, who additionally gained silver in London 4 years in the past.
“I didn’t know he was (working towards) the proposal.”
Shi was extra within the loop as she had the within monitor on Qin’s plans.
“Each of them have gone by means of so much. It’s a very particular second for them,” stated the champion, who delivered her second gold of the Video games after teaming up with Wu Minxia within the 3m synchronised springboard.
Certainly, Qin and his different companion Cao Yuan value China the prospect of a clear sweep of all eight diving golds once they misplaced out to British and American pair within the males’s 3m synchronised springboard.
“Qin stated it higher himself when he stated that is how it’s meant to be,” stated Shi.
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However 24-yr-previous Shi is in no hurry to get married herself.
“I feel I ought to depart it to destiny. I don’t like specific sorts of males, you must go together with your feeling.”
Shi scored 406.05 for her 5 dives to beat out He on 387.ninety.
Italy’s Tania Cagnotto (372.eighty) claimed bronze with a efficiency she likened to profitable gold given the Chinese language dominance of diving.
Cagnotto additionally claimed silver behind Shi within the 3m synchronised springboard.
“I simply needed to do my greatest competitors as a result of this may be my final one,” stated the 31-yr-previous.
“For me it is sort of a gold medal to complete behind these two.”
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The dramatic publish-competitors occasions additionally took a number of the warmth off organisers as the ultimate was once more performed out in a murky inexperienced pool.
The adjoining synchronised swimming pool on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre had been pumped out and changed in a single day.
“I’m glad to be out now,” stated Australia’s Maddison Keeney after ending fifth.
“I don’t need to go diving within the swamp once more.”
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