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Shi Tingmao

Gold

4

Silver

0

Bronze

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People's Republic of China CHN

Olympic and world champion Shi Tingmao has completed a unique treble by winning the award of FINA’s best female diver for the third year in a row. Shi belongs to an illustrious line of Chinese women on the springboard, following Gao Min, Fu Mingxia, Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia, world and Olympic champions all. The FINA awards were inaugurated in 2010 and came too late for all Shi’s predecessors except Wu, who won it in 2011 and 2012. 

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

3m individual
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

3m synchro
FINA World Series

Gold Medal

3m overall
FINA World Series

Gold Medal

3m synchro overall

Interview
Shi Tingmao

How do you feel about being the new queen on the springboard after Gao Min, Fu Mingxia, Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia?

I am flattered. For me, they are my idols and role models. I hope I can take over the baton from them and maintain the dominance. I am too young and too fresh to compare to Gao, Fu and Guo and I did not get the chance to train or compete with them. I have watched the competition videos of them and admired their domination of the sport. Wu was my synchro partner and helped me a lot after I entered the national team at the end of 2012. 

How do you assess your performance in 2017?

It has been a difficult year for me but I got over the first-ever low-ebb season in my diving career. I had no perfect competitions at all throughout the whole year, though I took the victories. I would give myself 80 points overall for my 2017 season. I am not satisfied with my performance but happy to beat the rusty form with my strong will.

You have won two titles at the Budapest World Championships. Do you think you are on top of the world?

I have said before that I enjoyed international competition and I tried to show my best in Budapest since it was the first big event after the Rio Olympic Games. It was very hard to compare the Worlds with the Olympics but I felt I was not fully ready for this summer. I switched my role as a follower with veteran Wu Minxia to a leader now and I also changed my synchro partner: Chang Yani is 11 years younger than me. We started from zero and made improvement on the synchronisation each time. I performed to my normal form in the individual event and competed with myself. I was happy with the two gold medals. 

How do you recall your performance at the Chinese National Games?

The Budapest World Championships and the Chinese National Games were held within one month. I had almost no time to prepare for the National Games but I wanted to perform better. My dream came true at the National Games when I earned a total of 409.20 points in the individual final. I know that the personal best score means nothing in diving because the level of competition, rivals, referees and so on is different in each meet. Still, it was the personal best score of my career and my best performance this year. I collected 406.50 at the Rio Olympic Games. I should say my performance at the National Games was better than the one in Budapest.