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China's Wu Minxia seeking 'perfection' with five Olympic diving records in sight

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If things go as expected, China will leave Rio later this month with gold medals in all eight diving disciplines.


For longtime star Wu Minxia, who will compete in the first event -- women's synchronized 3m springboard this Sunday, Aug. 7, it's a chance to etch her name in the annals of Olympic history.



"I am looking forward to perfection on my competition day," Wu told the South China Morning Post this week.


Perfection on Sunday would net Wu a handful of records:


  • Most Olympic diving medals won by a woman: Wu is currently tied with countrywoman Guo JingJing with six medals.

  • Most Olympic diving gold medals by an individual: Wu is currently tied with five other divers with four golds (Greg Louganis-USA, Pat McCormick-USA, Fu Mingxia-CHN, Jingjing-CHN and Chen Ruolin-CHN).

  • Most gold medals in the same diving event: Wu (synchronized 3m springboard) is currently tied with Klaus Dibiasi (ITA) with three.

  • Diving medals in the most Olympic Games: Wu has won medals in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012). Only one woman has ever won diving medals in four Olympics -- Emilie Heymans (CAN).

  • Oldest woman to win Olympic diving gold medal: The oldest woman's diving gold medalist is Micki King (USA), who was 28 when she won the springboard title in 1972. Wu is 30.

Wu, who has won medals in all six Olympic events in which she has competed in her career, took home two of China's six gold medals from London.


Sunday could be her last chance for Olympic glory. The veteran contemplated retirement following the 2012 London Games and is only competing in one event this year -- the synchronized 3m springboard.


You'd have to wager $14 on Wu and her partner Shi Tingmao in order to win just $1, according to betting website Bovada.lv. Suffice it to say that her odds are still very strong, especially considering China has not lost a world or Olympic title in the women's synchronized springboard event since the 2000 Sydney Games.



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