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China’s “Dream Team” diving squad launched their bid for a golden sweep at the Tokyo Olympics with a dominant victory in the women’s synchronized 3 meter springboard final on Sunday.

Shi Tingmao, gold medalist in the event at Rio 2016, and Wang Han had been hot favorites on day one of diving at the coronavirus-delayed Games.

And the duo did not disappoint, leading from the first round on the way to taking the title with 326.40 points.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu won silver (300.78 points), with Germany’s Lena Hentschel and Tina Punzel earning bronze (284.97 points).

A tattoo of the Olympic ring on the foot of Canadian diver Jennifer Abel. She and teammate Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu took the silver medal with 300.78 points. | AFP-JIJI
A tattoo of the Olympic ring on the foot of Canadian diver Jennifer Abel. She and teammate Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu took the silver medal with 300.78 points. | AFP-JIJI

It continues a strong start to these Games for China, who enjoyed golden success on Saturday in shooting, fencing and weightlifting.

China underlined their vast supremacy in diving by winning seven of eight golds in Rio — Britain surprisingly nabbed the other.

But there are high hopes back home that the Chinese can go one better in the Japanese capital.

Japan's Hazuki Miyamoto and Haruka Enomoto in action during the women's synchronized 3 meter springboard diving final the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday. Japan took 5th place with 269.40 points. | AFP-JIJI
Japan’s Hazuki Miyamoto and Haruka Enomoto in action during the women’s synchronized 3 meter springboard diving final the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday. Japan took 5th place with 269.40 points. | AFP-JIJI

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