Kim Su-ji becomes first Korean diver to land in the top three in FINA World Championship
Paige Turner, July 15, 2019, 9:55 a.m.
Kim Su-ji became the first Korean diver ever to win a medal at the FINA World Championships on Saturday.
Kim grabbed the historic bronze medal in the women's 1-m springboard with a score of 257.20 points, behind Chen Yiwen of China (285.45) and Sarah Bacon of the U.S. (262).
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan is the only other Korean to have medaled at the world championships, winning gold medals a couple of times, but he sat out the world championships in 2017 and the biennial competition this year as well.
The previous best performance by a Korean diver at the world championships was the sixth-place finish by Kwon Kyung-min and Cho Kwan-hoon in the men's 10-m synchronized platform in 2009 in Rome.
Kim's next goal is to earn a spot at next year's Olympics in Tokyo. The 1-m springboard is not an official Olympic event, so she will need to qualify for the 3-m springboard in order to compete there.
Meanwhile, Woo Ha-ram achieved the best-ever result on Sunday among Korean male divers, finishing fourth in the men's 1-m springboard with a score of 406.15 points.