Chinese divers don't dream of gold sweep in London

14:26, July 27, 2011      

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Chinese divers are happy with 16 full Olympic berths from the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships here in Shanghai, but they never dream of a clean gold sweep in London, team manager Zhou Jihong said here on Wednesday.

Chinese divers swept a record of 10 golds medals on offer from the worlds, opening a new era in the diving history during the eight-day diving competition from July. 16-24.

According to FINA rules, top three pairs from the synchronized events and top 12 individuals of this worlds automatically earn 2012 Olympic Games berths for their own national associations.

A total of 136 divers are allowed to compete in the London Olympics with 28 divers in the individual events and eight pairs in the synchronized. Each association should have at most two divers in the individual and one pair in the synchronized.

"We've booked a full set of in the London Olympics. However, it's hard to select the best divers from five-stop Olympic trials, starting from Shanghai worlds and ending next May, " said Zhou, the women's 10m platform champion in the 1984 Olympic Games.

Among the five-stop Olympic trials, three are China's national meets and two international events which are the world championships and World Cup next February.

"The top divers are going to represent China in London as we take into consideration the best three performances out of five selections. That means chance is open to everyone, not only the national team members."

Despite a brilliant seven gold haul in the Beijing Olympic Games and a 10-gold sweep in Shanghai worlds, Zhou said she has never thought about repeating the feat in London.

"We were lucky that 2008 Olympic Games and 2011 worlds were held in China. We enjoyed some home advantage. However, London will be tough competition as there are many, many talented divers from Russia, Britain, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy...etc."

"Our goal is to perform to our best in London," Zhou said.

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