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(Olympics) Diver pleased but not satisfied with 4th place

All News 18:04 August 03, 2021

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- The history of diving in South Korea isn't exactly long or celebrated, which is how Woo Haram still put his name in the record books without even winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

Woo finished fourth in the men's 3m springboard event at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. That's the best Olympics by a South Korean diver. Woo is the first to even reach the final for the 3m springboard. He competed in the final for the 10m platform event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and ended up in 11th place.

Woo Haram of South Korea prepares for a dive during the final of the men's 3m springboard diving event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

The 23-year-old said he's certainly pleased with his performance but not entirely satisfied.

"It's an honor to rank fourth at the Olympics, and I am happy that I've improved so much since Rio," Woo said. "But because I have not won a medal yet, I won't be satisfied with making Korean diving history. I will have to win a medal first."

Woo earned 481.85 points. Xie Siyi of China won gold with 558.75 points.

The bronze medalist, Jack Laugher of Britain, finished with 518 points.

Woo was within 1.80 points of Laugher after the fourth of his six dives. But Woo only scored 68.40 points with his fifth five, while Laugher put up 96.90 points to put some distance between himself and the South Korean.

Woo Haram of South Korea performs during the final of the men's 3m springboard diving event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

"My rotation was pretty good but I made a mistake in entry," said Woo, who rolled the dice with the difficult fifth dive. "Overall, I felt good about the dive. I should be able to do it better the next time."

Laugher won silver in 3m springboard and gold in synchronized 3m spring board in 2016, the kind of resume that Woo hopes to build one day.

"I was going up against an Olympic gold medalist from Rio. Since he is a much better diver, I wasn't paying too much attention to what he was doing," Woo said. "I was trying to enjoy myself and to focus on my own performance. Then the mistake happened."

Woo isn't done here yet. He will enter the 10m platform event, starting with the preliminary round on Friday.

"I obviously want to reach the final there," Woo said. "If I don't try to do too much, I should be fine. There are a lot of great divers in the 10m platform. I should just stick to my own things and give my best effort."

Woo Haram of South Korea gives a thumbs-up during the final of the men's 3m springboard diving event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

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