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Diver wins silver, accepts poolside proposal

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
China's silver medallist He Zi (left) receivers a marriage proposal by China's diver Qin Ki during the medal ceremony for the the women's three-metre springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,yesterday.


Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool. After He Zi earned silver in the women's three-metre springboard, the Chinese diver accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend and fellow diver, Qin Kai, as she stepped off the medal podium yesterday.

A serious-looking Qin opened a box with a ring inside, took it out and slipped it on He's finger after she nodded yes. She clapped her right hand over her mouth and Qin gave her a red rose encased in glass.

The crowd roared in delight as the couple hugged.


Cuba wins wrestling title


Ismael Borrero Molina has won the gold medal in 59-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, giving Cuba at least one wrestling title in each of the last seven Olympics.

Borrero Molina beat Japan's Shinobu Ota 8-0 yesterday in the first title match of the Olympics.

The Cuban dominated the 22-year-old Ota, pulling ahead with a dramatic throw-and-turn move and clinching on match superiority.

Uzbekistan's Elmurat Tasmuradov and Andre-Stige Berge of Norway claimed bronze medals - with Berge giving the Norwegians their first wrestling medal since 1992.


Russia's Mustafina



ends US dominance


Russia's Aliya Mustafina has ended the US women's team dominance atop the podium in women's gymnastics.

Mustafina defended her Olympic title in uneven bars yesterday, edging American Madison Kocian in a tight final. Mustafina's score of 15.900 was just a touch better than Kocian's score of 15.833. The difference was the difficulty of Mustafina's routine, which was one-tenth tougher than Kocian's brilliant set.

The "Final Five" had won every gold medal available in Rio behind superstar Simone Biles. It ended when Mustafina nailed her dismount on her way to an eighth Olympic medal.

Sophie Scheder of Germany was third.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, finished seventh.


Venus denied fifth gold medal


Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the Olympic tennis title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal.

Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 tiebreak in an all-US final yesterday.

It's the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men's doubles with Steve Johnson.

With the silver, Williams still tied the mark for most career tennis medals.

Mattek-Sands and Sock trailed 6-3 in the deciding super tiebreak then won six straight points. Mattek-Sands thought they had won on their first match point, throwing her racket in celebration, but Sock's return landed just long. They closed it out on the next point.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic clinched bronze earlier yesterday.


Third gold for Biles


American Simone Biles added a third gold medal to her haul in Rio, easily winning the women's vault final yesterday afternoon.

The 19-year-old averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia and bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland.

Biles is the first American woman to win Olympic gold on vault. Her three gold medals in Rio also are the most by an American female gymnast in one Olympics.

Biles will have a chance at more gold later this week when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.

India's Dipa Karmakar finished fourth. Karmakar is the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics. Oksana Chusovitina of Uzebekistan came in seventh. The 41-year-old is competing in her seventh Olympics.