The Olympic diving champion Quan Hongchan, 14 years old , and her disarming candour after winning the gold medal is being hailed as both inspiring and endearing.
China’s youngest athlete at the Tokyo Games, Quan scorched the scoresheet in the individual 10m platform on Thursday , drowning the competition & overall score of 466.20, which is essensational.
Quan is from a farmer’s family in a town in south China’s economic powerhouse, Guangdong province. Quan became the second youngest women to win a gold medal in the women 10 meters platform after her predecessor Fu Mingxia triumphed at the age 13 at the Barcelona games in 1992.
Barely into diving for 7 years and a relative unknown until Thursday, the teenager is now a household name in China her story is already the stuff of Chinese sporting legends.
Quan is likely to be showered with gifts, money, free passes to zoos and amusement parks neither of which she has visited until now and lifetime supplies of her favourite “Latiao”, is a local spicy snack in China made of wheat flour and chilli.
Unlike in the pool, has made quite a splash in the past of days say that she was discovered by a talent scout practising diving at school in 2014.according to reports on her in Chinese domestic and social media. If her dives won the medal, her post-win in media won hearts.
The Hong Kong based South China Morning Post at the post win media interaction in Tokyo “It seems there is no difference between the Olympics and national competitions.
My coach told me to relax and don’t be nervous before the Games,” she was quoted as saying by.The inspiration behind her impulse to dive, as it turns out, wasn’t exactly lofty – she wanted to bunk school.
Quan said, “I feel like I was cheated into starting diving. It’s mainly because I don’t like to go to school, and my grades are poor, but it feels good to dive”.
China has established a deep diving squad since 1988 winning 40 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals .