14-year-old diving sensation Quan Hongchan on gold medal performance

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China's Quan Hongchan competes in the final 10m platform diving event on August 5.
China’s Quan Hongchan competes in the women’s 10m platform diving final on August 5. Attila Kisbenedek / AFP / Getty Images
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The concerns of most 14-year-olds generally range from school to social gatherings.

Not for Quan Hongchan though.

The 14-year-old diving sensation – the youngest Chinese athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – won a stunning gold in the women’s 10-meter platform diving on Thursday.

Afterward, she admitted that the nerves of the occasion had affected her slightly.

“I was a little nervous, but not very, just a little,” she told reporters.

She produced two perfect-10 dives in a dominant display. Quan becomes the second youngest woman to win gold in the event after her compatriot Fu Mingxia won the title at the Barcelona Games in 1992 at the age of just 13.

Although when asked what she thinks when people call her a “diving prodigy,” Quan said she did not agree with the label.

“I don’t think I’m a prodigy. I am not very bright. I am not doing well in my studies. You ask me all these questions and there is just a blank in my mind.

She edged her compatriot Chen Yuxi to finish first and the victory extends China’s dominance in women’s diving.

The Asian nation has now won gold in all women’s diving events at four successive Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

The last time a non-Chinese won an Olympic diving event was when Chantelle Newbery of Australia won gold in the women’s 10-meter platform at the 2004 Games in Athens.

And while she’s not taking the lead to compete in Paris 2024, Quan already has an idea of ​​how she wants to celebrate.

“I want to eat a lot of delicious things tonight! I want to eat latiao (a popular Chinese spicy snack) the most. “

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