In the final from the three-meter team: Tina Puncell. Photo: Oliver Weeken / dpa (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Oliver Weeken / DPA)

TOKYO – Diver Tina Punsel is in the final of the three-meter board at the Olympics. The European champion qualified seventh on Saturday in Tokyo in the final battle of the Twelve from Sunday (8.00am).

With 311.05 points, the 25-year-old from Dresden is up 287.00 points compared to his opening fight. Punzel is the best European in the field of artificial jumpers in the semifinals.

The first three-time Olympic champion Xi Dingmao of China was with 371.45 points. Nothing but another gold medal for them would be a big surprise. Canadian Pamela Root is no more, she just twisted the last tab completely. She finished fourth in the first round.

The two bronze medals are already on the German water divers’ Olympic balance sheet, last lasting in 2008 in Beijing. At that time there was silver and bronze.

Buncelle initially aimed for bronze with Lena Henschel in the synchronized jump from the three-meter board, and now has a good final finish in the individual event. Patrick Houston and Martin Wolfram also have a good chance of finishing well in the three-meter race. Housting finished third at the 2016 Olympics.

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