Guo is most decorated female diver

Guo Jingjing of China won the three-meter springboard title yesterday at the Olympics, becoming the most decorated female diver with her sixth career medal.

Guo totalled 415.35 points to defend her title from four years ago in Athens and make China five-for-five in diving at these Games. She and partner Wu Minxia won the women's three-meter synchronized title last weekend.

Having another gold medal around her neck made Guo back away from the retirement talk that swirled around her before the Games.

'I like the feeling when I stand on the springboard,' she said through a translator. 'I just can't give it up.'

Guo surpassed countrywoman Fu Mingxia, who won five medals during her Olympic career.

She teamed with Fu to finish second on synchronized springboard at the 2000 Sydney Games, then Guo and Wu won the title in Athens. Guo was the silver medalist on individual springboard in Sydney.

'I've done everything I've wanted to in my career,' she said. 'There's nothing left to do.' But she's still not sure she wants to step away.

'I haven't thought of retirement yet because I love diving,' she said. 'If possible, I will continue diving.'

That could be discouraging news to her rivals.

Julia Pakhalina of Russia, the bronze medalist in Athens, moved up to the silver at 398.60 points. 'I would have preferred gold, but I'm happy,' she said.

Wu earned the bronze this time with 389.85 points after being the runner-up four years ago.

Guo's title extended China's dominance on women's springboard, an event the Chinese have won for six consecutive Olympics.

'It's a memorable moment in my career,' she said. 'I've been waiting four years for another gold. It doesn't appear to the eye, but I've had ups and downs. But despite what I did in the past, I made it today.'   - 2008 August 17  AFP


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