Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.
He Zi of China settled for silver in women’s 3-metre springboard on Sunday before accepting an even bigger prize: an engagement ring. Her boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai surprised her with a marriage proposal as she stepped off the medal podium. A serious-looking Qin got down on the knee and appeared to speak at length before opening a small box. Qin took out the ring and after she solemnly nodded yes, Qin slipped it on her finger. He clapped her right hand over her eyes and Qin presented her a red rose encased in glass.
The crowd cheered its approval. The other divers stopped what they were doing and watched in amazement.
“Oh, I’m so happy for him,” said American Abby Johnston, who finished 12th and last in the competition.
Qin thrust both arms triumphantly as they left the podium. He Zi carried the red rose container to the medalists’ news conference along with her silver medal. She said the couple has been dating for six years and Qin’s proposal was a surprise.
“Both of them have gone through a lot,” she said. “It’s a great moment. Qin said it best, ‘This is the way it’s supposed to be.’