If things go as expected, China will take a home a handful of diving medals in Rio.
For longtime star Wu Minxia, who will compete in the first diving event — women’s synchronized 3m springboard this Sunday, Aug. 7, it’s a chance to etch her names in the annals of Olympic history.
“I am looking forward to perfection on my competition day,” Wu told the South China Morning Post this week.
Perfection on Sunday could net Minxia a handful of records:
- Most Olympic diving medals won by a woman: Wu is currently tied with countrywoman Guo JingJing with six medals.
- Most Olympic diving gold medals by an individual: Wu is currently tied with five other divers with four golds (Greg Louganis-USA, Pat McCormick-USA, Fu Mingxia-CHN, Jingjing-CHN and Chen Ruolin-CHN).
- Most gold medals in the same diving event: Wu (synchronized 3m springboard) is currently tied with Klaus Dibiasi (ITA) with three.
- Diving medals in the most Olympic Games: Wu has won medals in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012). Only one woman has ever won diving medals in four Olympics — Emilie Heymans (CAN).
- Oldest woman to win Olympic diving gold medal: The oldest woman’s diving gold medalist is Micki King (USA), who was 28 when she won the springboard title in 1972. Wu is 30.
Wu, who has medaled in all six Olympic events in which she has competed, took home two of China’s six gold medals from London.
Sunday could be her last chance for Olympic glory. The veteran contemplated retirement following the 2012 London Games and is only competing in one event — the synchronized 3m springboard.
Still, her odds are very strong (you’d have to wager $14 to win just $1 on betting website Bovada.lv) especially considering China has not lost a world or Olympic title in the women’s synchronized springboard event since the 2000 Sydney Games.