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Chinese pair Guo, Wu win first diving gold

Chinese divers Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia successfully defended their Olympic crown after winning the women's 3-metre synchronized springboard event Sunday in Beijing.

Chinese divers Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia successfully defended their Olympic crown after winning the women's 3-metre synchronized springboard event Sunday in Beijing.

The dynamic pair, the reigning world champions, led through all five rounds en route a 343.50-point performance. Russia's team of Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova claimed the silver medal with 323.61 points.

Germans Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer earned the bronze with 318.90. The gold medal was China's fourth of the Games, on ahead of South Korea.

With the crowd cheering their every move, Guo and Wu nailed the final dive to secure the win.

The victory continued the duo's dominance during this season's World Cup circuit.

"They're great individual athletes which translates well to synchro," said CBC analyst Anne Montminy. "They really have no peers in this event."

Appearing in her third Olympics, Guo will attempt to win double gold for the second straight Games when she competes in the 3m individual springboard event.

Guo's dominance in both competitions has made her the most popular athlete in her country, and another gold medal would only enhance her place in Olympic history.

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