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The unbelievable achievement of Xiong Ni  September 01, 2007 17:47

  At the grand old age of 26, Xiong Ni was back in Sydney. In the final of the springboard, he faced his old rival, Dimitri Sautine of Russia. The Russian took an early lead. Over the next four rounds, Xiong gradually reduced the deficit. The final round: Sautine needed something special to keep his lead. Disaster! Sautine’s failure to complete the dive gave Xiong a chance for gold. His dive had a high degree of difficulty. The risks were great, the potential rewards even greater. Gold for Xiong; a Golden Moment for China.