Wu Minxia claims gold at China All-Star Diving Series

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JINAN, Feb. 3 -- Olympic champion Wu Minxia continued her glorious performance and pocketed another gold Wednesday as the first China All-Star Diving Series went into its second day in Jinan's Olympic Center.

World champion He Zi weathered through a couple of alarming "accidents" and yet earned a silver.

After Guo Jingjing's withdrawal from this event, the fight for 3-meter springboard gold was left between Wu and He. At the previous three legs of the serial contests, He claimed two titles in Wuhan and Hefei, while Wu Minxia pocketed the third gold in Changshu. Their duel at the last leg was naturally filled with guesses and expectation.

Wu dived well through the earlier rounds and entered the final smoothly, when her last attempt overwhelmed all 7 judges, all of whom unanimously gave 9.0 points to guarantee her title.

He, on the other hand, was eliminated in the second round yet secured a "resurrection" after pushing out the tied contestant Wang Han in the extra time. Then in the final came the second tie which dragged her into another extra time contesting against Liu Jiao, whom she eventually defeated.

"I was a bit nervous, you know, with two extra times. I've never had that kind of experience before, and I will treasure it as a profitable test. On the whole, I am quite satisfied with my performance today," explained He Zi at the post-match press conference.