Wu Minxia

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Not to be confused with Fu Mingxia, another Chinese diver.
Wu Minxia
Wu Minxia.jpg
Wu Minxia in 2008
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 30)
Shanghai, China
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Sport
Sport Diving
Event(s) 1 m, 3 m, 3 m synchro
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.

Wu Minxia (simplified Chinese: 吴敏霞; traditional Chinese: 吳敏霞; pinyin: Wú Mǐnxiá; born 10 November 1985) is a Chinese diver, specializing in the 1 metre and 3 metre springboard, and synchronized 3 metre springboard events. Entering her first major championship in 2001, Wu has represented China at every Asian Games, Olympic Games and FINA World Aquatics Championships up until 2016. She is an eight-time world champion, and a five-time Olympic and Asian champion, which makes her one of the most decorated divers in history.

Career[edit]

Wu began her competitive career at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, partnering with Guo Jingjing to win the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard. She would go on to retain the title with Guo on another three occasions, missing out in 2005 when Guo partnered with Li Ting to win in Montreal. Wu also won the same event with Guo at the 2002 Asian Games.

Wu represented China at the 2004 Summer Olympics, earning a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Guo Jingjing before winning a silver medal in the 3 metre women's springboard, coming in second place behind Guo. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wu earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Guo before winning a bronze medal in the 3 metre women's springboard, coming in third place behind Guo and Russian Julia Pakhalina. After Guo's retirement, she participated in synchronized events with He Zi.[1]

The new partnership allowed her to retain the 3 metre synchro title at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships. It was at the same championships in her hometown where she won her only other world championship title, in the 3 metre springboard. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wu earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard[2] along with He, becoming the first woman to win gold medal in a diving event in three consecutive Olympic Games.[3] She also won a gold medal in the 3 metre springboard event. After the 3 metre springboard competition, it was revealed that her parents withheld information that her grandmother died a year before, and that her mother had cancer. Her father said he misled her to keep her focused on training. The news drew criticism from China.[4]

By winning the 3m synchronized springboard event at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships with new partner Shi Tingmao, Wu became the first person to win seven gold medals in the event.[1] At the 2014 Asian Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wu earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Shi.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wu Minxia ready to hit the gold trail again". FINA. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "London Olympics: China's Wu wins gold in women's 3m springboard". Times of India. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ CTV, CTV 2012 London Summer Olympics, airdate: 29 July 2012, circa 11:00am EDT
  4. ^ Minxia: Chinese Diver’s Parents Hid Family Illness, Deaths from Her. TIME. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Wu wins fifth diving gold for China". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
Awards
Preceded by
China Chen Ruolin
FINA Female Diver of the Year
2011, 2012
Succeeded by
China He Zi