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He Zi wins 2nd world title in 1-meter springboard

Published July 23, 2013 9:30 am

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Barcelona, Spain • He Zi won her second world title in the women's 1-meter springboard, edging Tania Cagnotto of Italy by 0.10 points Tuesday after executing a nearly flawless final dive.

The margin of victory is the smallest to decide a gold medal in men's or women's diving at any worlds. He, who won her first world title in 2007, totaled 307.10 points.

"I'm a little surprised by the result of the day," He said. "But I am very happy. I haven't thought about (the margin of victory). I can't even believe that I have the gold medal."

He has won four career medals at worlds in various diving events. She also took gold at the 2012 Olympics in 3-meter synchronized springboard and silver in the 3-meter individual springboard.

Cagnotto won her second silver at these worlds with 307 points. She was the runner-up with Francesca Dallape in the women's 3-meter synchronized springboard Saturday.

Wang Han of China took bronze with 297.75, adding to her silver in 2011 and bronze in 2009 at this event.

"I wish diving wouldn't be that close because it hurts," Cagnotto said. "Of course I am a little disappointed because I don't know if I will have more chances like this to win a world championship. But if I think about my year and how I really took it easy and didn't come here in shape, it's OK."

China has won four of the five diving golds so far at the Montjuic pool.

On the last dive, He nailed a difficult reverse with 1½ somersaults and 1½ twists for 66.30 points, the highest single score of the final.