China’s diving slate for world championships brings back Olympic champions

China’s roster for the world diving championships which begin on June 26 includes two of its four individual gold medalists from the Tokyo Olympics.

Cao Yuanwho followed men’s springboard gold in Rio with platform gold in Tokyo, and Quan Hong Chanwho won the women’s platform in Tokyo aged 14, is the team’s headliner for the world championships in Budapest, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Ren Qianthe 2016 women’s platform champion, is the other individual Olympic gold medalist on the list.

China won seven of eight gold medals in diving in Tokyo and a silver in the other in its most dominant team effort in Olympic history. He finished one-two in all four individual events.

About half of this dream team have since withdrawn from competition, according to Chinese media. Notably, Shi Tingmao and Xie Siyiwho swept the men’s and women’s individual and synchronized springboard gold medals in Tokyo.

China, which has dominated the sport for two decades, won 12 of 13 gold medals at the last Worlds in 2019.

The American Divers List for Dive Worlds is headed by Delaney Schnellwho clinched Platform Bronze in 2019 and Synchronized Platform Silver in Tokyo, and Sarah Baconwho won silver in the non-Olympic 1m springboard event at the 2019 Worlds.

David Boudia, a four-time Olympic medalist who did not qualify for Tokyo, is on the coaching staff for the world championships as he takes a break from competition. Boudia, 33, said in April he was unsure if he would return to competition.

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