CAO Yuan makes history with 10m platform gold

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Yuan Cao of Team China competes in the Men's 10m Platform Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Yuan Cao of Team China competes in the Men's 10m Platform Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

People's Republic of China's CAO Yuan wrote himself into the history books in more ways then one after winning gold in the 10m platform;  YANG Jian wins silver and Tom Daley takes bronze at Tokyo Aquatics Centre

CAO Yuan of People's Republic of China has become the first diver to win Olympic gold medals in three different diving events after clinching gold in the men's 10m platform at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The three-time Olympian added to his gold medals from the 10m synchro at London 2012 and 3m springboard at Rio 2016.

Cao's compatriot YANG Jian finished with silver and Tom Daley with bronze as he become the first British athlete to win at least four Olympic medals in diving.

"I thought the whole competition here has been really interesting," Daley said. "There has been such a lack of competition over the last 18 months, people haven't been competing at regularly...so we've gone from not competing to competing at the Olympic Games.

"I thought the competition today was intense, it was exciting. We battled all the way through and it was really nice to be up with these two divers. They're the best of the best and it was nice to be competing up there with them."

At the midway point of the final, it became clear that the battle for gold-silver-bronze would come down to Yang, Cao and Daley but what colour they would wear was anyone's guess.

All three divers had never dropped out of the top three during the competition with Cao and Daley each in the gold medal position at some point.

Daley scored well throughout the final, only dipping below 90 points during his armstand back 3 somersaults on his fourth dive. Yang also faulted slightly on that same dive - it was his lowest scoring dive of the day but that didn't seem to put off the Chinese divers' performance.

Both Yang and Cao scored exceptionally well on their fifth dive with 102.60 and 101.75 respectively, putting them in the box seat for a gold-silver finish.

Daley produced a solid final dive, which put the pressure back onto the two Chinese divers to deliver...and they did.

Yang's dive, a forward 4 1/2 somesaults, broke the Olympic record for the highest scoring dive at an Olympic Games with 112.75 points with Cao also scoring over 100 points (102.60 to be exact). Only 1.95 points would separate the two divers in the end as Cao claimed gold.

"My last dive I've been practising for many years, since 2013 until now," Yang said. "So it is something I'm good at and it's my last dive to showcase my performance. I left no regrets."

"Yang is almost superhuman because he competes the hardest dives in the world," Daley chimed in. "It was very impressive to see him do that dive."