He sneaks past Wang in 3m thriller

26th April 2014

World champion He survived a scare to hold off compatriot Wang Han and win 3m Springboard gold on day two in London.

After leading through the opening three rounds, He slipped behind Wang on the fourth dive before leapfrogging back to top spot with her final effort to take gold on 360.15 ahead of Wang’s 359.00.

He’s victory was her 18th individually at World Series level and her second this season, having also won the title last time out in Dubai.

The 23-year old looked set for a score in the high 300s as she picked up 81 for her opening round inward 2.5 somersaults piked then added 76.5 and 75 for her second two efforts.

He’s highest tariff dive – the forward 3.5 somersaults piked – cost her the top spot temporarily as she dropped it for 51.15 but a 76.50 for her forward 2.5 somersaults, 1 twist piked saw her clinch gold.

Canada’s Pamela Ware ensured the podium matched that of last year’s World Championships as she finished third behind He and Wang.

The 21-year old, who won her first individual World Series medal with bronze in Beijing this season, scored 335.25 to narrowly hold off Italy’s Tania Cagnotto on 334.75.

"It's my first year individual on the World Series because last year I was only qualified to do synchro so I'm really pleased with how it's going to have won another medal," said Ware.

"This competition for me counts to qualify for World Cup and Commonwealth Games pointswise, so I'm very happy today to score so well.

"A year ago I was doing the Grand Prixes and not placing, this year everything moved up since winning a medal in Barcelona, it's really cool."

Women's 3m Springboard Results

GOLD - He Zi (China) (360.15)

SILVER - Wang Han (China) (359.00)

BRONZE - Pamela Ware (Canada) (335.25)