2024 World Aquatics Championships: Quan Hongchan wins platform diving on golden day for China

In a golden day for China, reigning Olympic champion Quan Hongchan gave herself a huge boost at the Paris Games by winning the 10m platform at the World Aquatics Championships on Monday.

The 16-year-old Chinese star edged out teammate Chen Yuxi, totaling 436.25 points over five dives. Chen, the two-time reigning world champion, settled for silver this time with 427.80.

No one else even came close to the Chinese duo. Britain's Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix took the last place on the podium with 377.10 for bronze.

China dominated Day 4 of the World Championships in Doha, with a pair of victories in artistic swimming compounding their diving triumph.

Having dominated the big tower for the past three years, Quan and Chen are overwhelming favorites to fight for gold in Paris.

Quan overtook Chen for the top spot at the 2021 Tokyo Games, while their positions were reversed at the 2022 world championships in Budapest and the 2023 championships in Fukuoka.

Now Quan is back on top.

China, which sent a diminished team to Doha with the Olympics just five months away, still won three of the first six events. The rest of the gold was shared between Britain, Australia and Mexico.

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China finished first in both artistic swimming events on Monday.

Twins Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi won the women's duet technical routine, while Yang Shuncheng won gold in the men's solo technique.

The 27-year-old sisters scored 266.0484 points. Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe gave Britain a world best, taking silver with marks of 259.5601. The country's only other medal in artistic swimming was Shortman's solo free bronze at last summer's championships in Fukuoka.

Spain's Alisa Ozhogina Ozhogin and Iris Tio Casa won bronze with 258.0333, repeating their 2023 goal.

The Wangs were back on top in duet technique after a disappointing fourth place in Fukuoka. They previously won the event at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest.

The siblings have won eight gold medals during their world championship careers, including two in Doha. On Sunday, they were part of the winning group in the team acrobatic event.

Italy's Linda Cerruti and Lucrezia Ruggiero, who won silver in Fukuoka, originally finished ninth, but after a successful protest they moved up to sixth on adjusted scores. The reigning world champions from Japan did not compete.

Yang, 16, won gold in the men's final with a total of 246.4766 points. He surpassed the Italian Giorgio Minisini (245.3166), the bronze belongs to the Colombian Gustavo Sanchez (231.0000).

Artistic swimming is divided into 11 medal opportunities at the World Championships. There are only two events on the Olympic program, duet and team.

Men have competed in artistic swimming at the World Championships since 2015, when the sport was still known as synchronized swimming. They can participate in the Olympics in Paris for the first time.

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