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Rarely does practice actually make it perfect.
But on Thursday, Chinese athlete Quan Hongchan completed two dives that received 10 perfect scores by the seven judges on their way to the gold medal in the women’s 10-meter platform final.
The 14-year-old’s overall score – 466.20 – also broke the event’s previous record, according to NBC.
Quan became the second youngest Chinese diver to win a gold medal after Fu Mingxia won first prize at the Barcelona Games in 1992 at just 13 years old, according to the International Swimming Federation.
by Quan five dives in the event, two won 10 at all levels.
Another of his dives received six 10s and a 9.5. But since the diving rules require that the two highest and two lowest scores be discarded to arrive at the final score, it was actually a perfect third dive.
The young diver is said to have taken up the sport to earn money to support her mother, who suffers from an illness requiring care all year round, NBC reported. Quan entered the sport in 2014, later joining a club in China’s Guangdong Province.
Quan’s teammate Chen Yuxi of China won silver in the women’s 10-meter platform final. Australian Melissa Wu finished third in the event.