Chinese diver Ren Qian, became the youngest medal winner in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, after snagging the gold for the Women’s 10-meter platform.
The 15-year-old diver bested her teammate Si Yajie, 17, with her effortless diving skills at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. Si Yajie took home the silver.
Chinese diver Ren Qian finished her performance with 439.25 points while teammate Si Yajie had 419.40.
She said in an interview, “I feel quite good about it. I’m young, but I got the medal. I think from now on I’ll train harder, I’ll work harder so I can focus on my future,” Ren said, the Rio 2016 website said.
What will happen to the youngest medallist after Rio Olympics 2016? The diver has nothing to worry about, that’s for sure.
Before clinching the elusive Olympic gold medal, diver Ren Qian won a silver medal at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships for the women’s 10 meter platform. She was aged 14.
Ren Qian is also the fourth youngest gold medallist in the women’s individual 10m. The young diver is also the only one who had more than 90 points on a single dive.
She even said she did not feel much pressure but admitted that she felt nervous right before the competition.
After her diving career, the young Olympian wants to pursue studying law and forensic medicine, a report from Sydney Morning Herald said.
But before her retirement, Ren Qian is eyeing for the Tokyo Olympics and do three more Olympics in the future.
“Maybe not because I am quite tall for my age. But I will continue to work hard even if it comes to an end.”