ROME, July 19 (Xinhua) -- China's traditional
dominant status in diving is threatened by rivals, said twice Olympic champion
Wu Minxia here on Sunday.
Wu, who won the women's 3-meter sychronized
springboard in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, was beaten to the second place
by Russia's Julia Pakhalina in the women's 1m springboard at the world
It was the second event out of four after three days
in the worlds. Olymic Chen Ruolin was upset by Mexico's Paola Espinosa on
China took seven out of eight diving gold medals at
last year's Beijing Olympics and they have been expected to clean sweep all 10
gold medals at these world championships.
"I don't think I had pressure during the competition
today," said Wu. "I think I performed well. Our rivals are catching up and I
think we don't have a lot of advantages now. We must learn from this defeat and
train harder in the future."
The 1m springboard is not a medal event in the
Olympic Games but that is not the reason that Chinese divers should not let the
gold slip off their hands.
"All the divers from other countries are learning our
skills and studying how to beat us," she said.