Similarly to the Men's 3m Springboard final, China took the gold in the Women's 3m as well. They claimed the silver medal, too, Shi Tingmao and Wang Han was followed by the Canadian Jennifer Abel on the podium.
There was no surprise in the final, spectators could watch another China-dominated contest. Shi Tingmao successfully defended her world title and she is the first reigning Olympic champion to win the world title in the women's 3m springboard since Guo Jingjing in 2009. China has now won 12 of the 17 world titles in this discipline.
Shi Tingmao: "I'm very happy. The most important thing was that I prepared my technique to be perfect, but I also had to concentrate to be at my best level. I believe I managed to do so. The expectations towards us are always very high, however, this year I could cope with the pressure and deliver the results. Chinese spirit is like that, we never give up."
Wang Han finished second place claiming her sixth world championships medal in total and her second in this event. Chinese divers have now claimed gold and silver in the women's 3m springboard event at six of the last seven world championships, with the exception of 2009.
Wang Han: "This was my minimum expectation from myself, as I have years of hard work and practice behind me. I aim for the gold medal every time I dive, however, I'm happy with the result. I have done everything I could during the long and tough preparation period, so I'm pleased to be rewarded in the end, being on the podium is a great feeling. On our level, every contestant has significant technical skills, so the final result often depends on concentration and mental training."
The Canadian Jennifer Abel became the second diver with multiple bronze medals in this event at the World Championships, after Tania Cagnotto. It was Abel's seventh medal in total at the world championships.
Jennifer Abel: "I'm really happy winning this medal. That was the main goal for me, to be on the podium. I could definitely do better, I don't think that was my best, but I was really stable. I'm really happy now, but I still have to focus on the 3m mixed synchro, so I can be fully relieved only after tomorrow. Our expectation is to be on the podium, we have what it takes to win. It will be a great contest between us and the Chinese team. This is an amazing venue and probably one of the best arenas in the whole world. Tomorrow we will have a team dinner so maybe we can go out and look around in the city."