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Chinese diver Chen tops 10m platform semifinal
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13:03, August 21, 2008

Chinese diver Chen Ruolin continued her dominance in the women's 10m platform semifinal at Beijing Olympic Games here on Thursday.

Eighteen divers competed in the semifinal, with 12 making it to the final on Thursday night.

Chen, 15, newly crowned 10m platform synchro champion with partner Wang Xin, breezed through the semifinal with the top qualifying score of 444.60 points.

Paola Espinosa, flag bearer of Mexico at the Beijing Games, finished second in 400.75, while 16-year-old Wang Xin, the reigning world champion, took the third place in 388.55.

Canadian veteran Emilie Heymans, winner of the event in 2003 Barcelona World Championships, finished fourtn in 374.10, while Syndey Olympic champion Lauro Wilkinson of the United States collected 346.10 to take the sixth.

At the Syndey Olympics, American diver Laura Wilkinson beat Chinese Li Na for the women's 10m platform title. In Athens, Australian Chantelle Newbery stunned Chinese favorite Lao Lishi to win the gold. Both Li and Lao finished second.

In Beijing, Chen and Wang will try their best for the long-awaited gold.

Source:Xinhua

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