China’s Chen Ruolin was in a class of her own on Thursday, defending her women’s Olympic 10m platform diving crown in dominating style to claim her second gold medal at the London Games.
The Chinese star peeled off five fantastic dives to score 422.30 points and beat her nearest rival by 55.8 points in the most convincing victory in the seven diving events so far at the Aquatics Centre.
It was China’s sixth gold diving medal in London out of seven events. The only dent in China’s dominance so far was Russian Ilya Zakharov’s triumph in Tuesday’s men’s 3m springboard ahead of both Qin Kai and defending champion He Chong, which ended China’s hopes of sweeping all eight golds.
It was 19-year-old Chen’s fourth overall gold medal at the Olympics and she was in blistering form off the high tower.
Chen also became the fourth diver to win women’s 10m platform at successive Olympic Games, joining Americans Dorothy Poynton-Hill and Patricia McCormick and China’s Fu Mingxia.
Chen, who won the individual and synchronised events as a 15-year-old at Beijing four years ago, was unchallenged in the prelims, semi-final and the final of the London platform event.
Chen earlier won the synchronised 10m platform with Wang Hao and said she hopes to stay in diving and compete at the next Rio games in 2016.