China's Li Yajie wins women's 1m springboard at FINA World Championships (updated)


BUDAPEST, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese team continued its momentum in diving competitions at the FINA World Championships here on Wednesday as Li Yajie won the women's 1m springboard to keep China's perfect gold-winning record at the tournament.

The 19-year-old was 7.30 points behind Canada's Mia Vallee after a poor third dive, but managed to deliver two flawless dives in the fourth and fifth rounds to grab the gold with 300.85 points.

"I was a little nervous in the preliminaries this morning since it was my first appearance at the world championships," Li said.

"But my experienced teammates helped me a lot as they taught me how to get relaxed in the competition," she added, mentioning that multiple Olympic champion Shi Tingmao had talked with her a lot about how to compete in the worlds.

Sarah Bacon of the United States beat Vallee with the last dive to win a back-to-back worlds silver medal in the event with 276.65, only 0.05 ahead of the Canadian.

The 25-year-old finished with the same medal three years ago in Gwangju, South Korea, behind another Chinese diver Chen Yiwen.

Li's victory also marked a record-extending seventh world title for China in this event.

Earlier in the day, teenage diving pair Quan Hongchan and Bai Yuming clinched China's 100th diving gold at the worlds in the mixed 3m and 10m team event.

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