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Diving: China's He wins women's 3m springboard gold

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China's He Zi won her second title at the world championships on Saturday when she claimed the 3m springboard crown with compatriot Wang Han taking silver and Canada's Pamela Ware bronze.

He had already built up a huge 20-point lead after only her second dive and she extended the margin further through the five rounds for a winning tally of 383.40, next to Wang's 356.25 and Ware's 350.25.

This was 22-year-old He's second gold of these world aquatic championships having won the 1m springboard title on Tuesday.

"I am of course happy with the gold, but not so much with my performance. I could have done better," said He.

Even with reigning world and Olympic Wu Minxia sitting out the individual event having claimed a record sixth gold medal in the 3m synchronised event last Saturday, China still dominated.

Having finished with silver in this event at both the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 world championships, He took her chance to dominate the field, but played down talk of her taking over Wu's place as 3m queen.

"You can only speak of 'era' when an athlete performs well for a long time. It's still very early to say that about me," she said.

"My goal is to always give my best and to perform well."

With just the men's 10m final on Sunday still to come, China have now won eight from a possible nine gold medals, the only blot on their copy book came last Sunday when Germany won the men's 10m synchro title.

Wang was pleased with her silver, having also finished second in the 1m springboard two years ago in Shanghai.

"Something was lacking in my performance, but it was my first major competition in 3m and I am satisfied," she said.

"Moreover, it's an Olympic event, so my result it's very encouraging for the future.

"There is no secret to (China's) success: just hard work.

"Diving is an unpredictable sport and many other countries can achieve good results."

Canada's Ware, 20, earned her second bronze of these championships after finishing third in last Saturday's 3m synchro final with Jennifer Abel, who finished fifth in the individual event.

"It's my first world championships and I go home with two medals," said Ware.

"I am very happy, especially as I did a personal best."

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