Sixteen-year-old Kim Kuk Hyang captured North Korea’s first gold medal at a world aquatics championship with a near flawless dive off the 10-meter platform on Thursday. Kim’s final dive in her first international competition garnered her perfect 10s from two judges.
The AP reports that Kim saluted during the medal ceremony, calling it a sign of respect to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The first medal of any color for North Korea at an aquatic world championship came earlier in the week when Kim Un-Hyang and Song Nam-Hyang took bronze in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving event.
Finalists at the championships, held in the Russian city of Kazan, all earned spots on their countries’ Olympic teams for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
See photos from the championship:
- Gold medallist Kuk Hyang Kim of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea celebrates during the medal ceremony in the Women’s 10m Platform Diving Final.
- Tonia Couch of Great Britain competes in the Women’s 10m Platform Diving Final.
- A diver practices for the Women’s 3m Springboard Diving.
- Sayaka Shibusawa of Japan competes in the Women’s 3m Springboard Diving Semi-finals
- Jennifer Abel of Canada competes in the Women’s 3m Springboard Diving Semi-finals.
- Suji Kim and Eunji Ko of South Korea warm-up ahead of the Women’s 10m Platform Synchronised Final.
- Suji Kim and Eunji Ko of South Korea compete in the Women’s 10m Platform Synchronised Preliminary Diving.
- Kuk Hyang Kim of Peoples Republic of Korea competes in the Women’s 10m Platform Diving Final.
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