Chinese diver takes plunge into marriage and says yes
SHI Tingmao claimed gold for China in yesterday's 3m springboard diving final but was relegated to third wheel by newly engaged team-mates He Zi and Qin Kai.
Qin, bronze medallist in the men's 3m synchronised springboard, got down on one knee while silver medallist He was on her lap of honour.
After a lengthy wait, he finally got the all-important "yes" he was looking for.
He and Qin have been dating since 2010, and while being caught off-guard, she admitted she nearly spoiled his plan, as Qin got in some proposal practice yesterday.
"This morning in his room,he was reciting something and I didn't notice (what it was).
"I asked him and he said he was singing," added He, who also won silver in London four years ago.
Shi was more in the loop as she had the inside track on Qin's plans.
"Both of them have gone through a lot. It is a very special moment for them," said the champion, who delivered her second gold of the Games after teaming up with Wu Minxia in the 3m synchronised springboard.
Indeed, Qin and his other partner Cao Yuan cost China the chance of a clean sweep of all eight diving golds when they lost out to British and American pairs in the men's 3m synchronised springboard.
Shi scored 406.05 for her five dives to beat He.
Italy's Tania Cagnotto (372.80) claimed bronze with a performance she likened to winning gold, given the Chinese dominance of diving.