BEIJING, August 22 (Xinhuanet) --China's No. 1 male
diver Tian Liang said Wednesday he is confident to beat
other rivals and achieve double golds in his first ever
"I'm always confident to win (in competitions)," said Tian, who
owns both Olympic and World Championships titles on highboard and
widely seen as the favorite in this Universiade.
"I always try my best to win in competitions. I'll try even
harder this time as the event is held in my country," said Tian,
who grabbed double golds in both individual and synchronized 10m
platform events last month in Fukuoka.
He is to compete in the same events at the Universiade which is
to be officially opened Wednesday night.
"I won't let my countrymen down," he said with a smile.
Tian brushed off the suggestion that he could be threatened by
Jose Guerra, the Cuban diver who took gold on highboard at the
1999 Universiade and has vowed to defend his title this year.
"I'm not worried about him. Guerra is strong in technique but
weak in mental strength. Sometimes he makes mistakes where he
should not. I don't know whether I should regard him as a major
rival," Tian said.
Tian, who turns 22 next Monday, said he believes he can clinch
gold medals so far as he perform to his ability.
"I feel I've got to the point where I have good control of
myself, able to adjust myself to the best form before each
competition. I think this guarantees victory," he said.
Tian Liang, who is the idol of many girls for both his sports
talent and handsome features, has enjoyed a pop star status in
China since his triumphant victory over Russia's Dmitry Sautin at
the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. His photos are ever more popular
these days as Chinese get into a Universiade frenzy.
Tian is chosen to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of
the Universiade at the Workers' Stadium Wednesday evening.