Source: Xinhua

08-12-2008 11:35

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Just two weeks before the Olympics, team leader of the Chinese diving Zhou Jihong lost sleep, worried about lackluster form of teen diver Lin Yue.

On Monday night, Zhou had another sleepless night after Lin staged a clear-cut victory with partner Huo Liang in the men's 10m platform synchronized at the Beijing Olympics.

Chinese divers Lin Yue (L) and Huo Liang compete during the men's synchronised 10m platform final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Chinese team won the gold medal in the event with a score of 468.18 points. (Xinhua)

Chinese divers Lin Yue (L) and Huo Liang compete during the men's 
synchronised 10m platform final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 
in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in 
Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Chinese team won the gold medal in 
the event with a score of 468.18 points. (Xinhua)

"They had their best performance of recent days, especially in their last dive," said Zhou, who was moved into tears after Monday's emphatic win.

"Huo has shown his best although Lin was less than perfect in entering the water," she said, stressing the duo achieved excellent synchronization during the Games.

The gold also helped the 17-year-old Lin win back self-confidence. "I performed to my normal level," said Lin, bronze medalist of the individual platform in the 2007 Melbourne Worlds.