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Shixin Li wins bronze at diving worlds

Shixin Li’s diving comeback has netted a bronze medal for Australia at the world championships.

The 34-year-old won bronze in the one-metre springboard – Australia’s 18th medal at this year’s FINA world championships and its first in diving.

China’s Zongyuan Wang was the runaway winner on 493.30 points ahead of Jack Laugher of Great Britain, with Li moving up to take bronze with 395.40.

Li won gold for China in the one-metre springboard at the 2011 and ’13 world championships.

He retired in 2014 and was poached by Australia to become a diving coach.

Li then made a comeback and competed in the three-metre springboard at the Tokyo Olympics.

He will compete at his first Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, also the first time he has been to the United Kingdom.

China has won all nine golds in diving so far at the championships.

Laugher, who won his third medal at the worlds, said Wang was untouchable.

“I was never going to catch him – the guy is 21 and insane,” Laugher said.

“But I’m pleased with how well I’ve done, and three medals is great.”

In other Australian results at the diving, Charli Petrov came seventh with Melissa Wu in the women’s 10m synchro and ninth with Samuel Fricker in the mixed three-metre and 10m team.

Kyle Lee was fifth in the open water men’s 25km.

with PA

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