Wu Minxia (4th from the left) shows off her gold medal.
The 2016 Rio Olympics may have just started, but we’ve likely already seen the last of tremendously successful Chinese diver Wu Minxia. Wu can dive gracefully off into the sunset after scoring a record-tying 5th gold medal by winning the women’s synchronized three-meter springboard along with her partner Shi Tingmao.
The 30-year-old Shanghai-native now joins gymnast Zou Kai as China’s most successful Olympian.
Wu (left) and Shi (right)
According to Olympic.org, Wu and Shi got an amazing 345.60 points, putting the pair 31.77 points ahead of Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape, with Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith earning the bronze.
Born in 1985, Wu is the first Chinese female diver over 30 years old to compete at the Olympics. She entered the national diving team at the age of 13. Rio is her fourth Olympics.
Generally, Wu is known for her calm and poise. But even she seems to have got caught up in all the excitement over her historic gold:
— Joanna Chiu 趙淇欣 (@joannachiu) August 8, 2016
Still, Wu isn’t confirming her retirement just yet. When asked if she’ll call it quits, Wu responded, “I will relax a little bit. I also want to study something that I am really interested in after my finishing my athletics career.”
Wu’s win gave China three gold medals, tying them with the US for the top spot. But again, China is over its “gold medal complex,” right?
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Xinhua, Olympic.org]