Among the more than 10,000 athletes in the Hangzhou Asian Games, who has the most attention? Who has the most "traffic"? The duo of Quan Hongchan and Chen Qianxi is definitely a hot candidate.
Quan Hongchan, who is only 16 years old this year, and Chen Yuxi, who is 18 years old this year, are excellent and hard-working sisters next door in the eyes of thousands of spectators, but standing in the arena, their energy is by no means ordinary.
Quan Hongchan (left) and Chen Yuxi win gold.
On September 30, the official opening day of the diving event of the Hangzhou Asian Games, Quan Hongchan/Chen Yuxi unsurprisingly won the women's double 10m platform championship with a huge margin, opening the door for the Chinese diving dream team.
For the media reporters involved in the coverage of the event, the experience of covering this game can also be called a hectic "battle".
In order to limit the number of people in the mixed interview area after the games, the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Natatorium did not use the method of issuing tickets or making reservations in advance, but took a rare but most direct and effective measure in top competitions - queuing.
An hour before the start of the race, the post-race mixing area was already crowded. Photo by Pu Yaolei (00:05)
The only 50 mixed places for text reporters had to be obtained by queuing, and it is precisely because of this that a large number of media reporters directly gave up going to the stands to watch the game, but joined the queue a full hour before the start of the game, just to have a place in the interview area after the game.
In the long wait, many reporters laughed at such "involution", but they also had to continue to wait, after all, no one wants to be absent from this focus battle of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
The course and result of the match were not surprising – with every jump, the Chinese pair opened the gap with their opponents, scoring between 9 and 10 points on almost every beating. In the second round, the two even scored five staggering 10s.
In the end, the difference between the champion and runners-up team reached 85.26 points — in the words of silver medalist, Japan's Matsuri Arai, "Unsurprisingly, the Chinese pair's performance was perfect, everything was up to par." ”
In this way, Quan Hongchan/Chen Yuxi maintained the perfect record of not falling a gold medal in international competitions since the Paris Olympic cycle pairing, and the state of the "two little ones" remained stable, which is what Chinese diving audiences want to see the most.
But the two also remained calm as always, "You may think that the Chinese diving team is incredible, but only through hard training every day can you get such results, it is not so simple." Chen said.
After the game, the two did not stay in the mixed mining area for too long, facing the crowd of reporters, Quan Hongchan said "very good" in her mouth, and pulled her partner to leave the interview area in a hurry.
Quan Hongchan Chen Yuxi was surrounded by the media after the game. Photo by Pu Yaolei (00:05)
Surrounded by long guns and short cannons in the media, Chen Yuxi, who is two years older, played the role of "spokesperson" between the two, and Quan Hongchan was already accustomed to such a reliable existence around her - as always, when the media asked questions at the post-match press conference, but no one who specified an answer, Quan Hongchan would always habitually look at Chen Yuxi next to her, and did not forget to add a sentence "you say".
But even so, Quan Hongchan has repeatedly become the target of "designated" answers.
Most of the questions, Quan Hongchan, who is not good at words, brought a sentence, but when asked about the little turtle doll he brought with him in Hangzhou, the silent Quan Hongchan said two more words rarely, "Because I like it more, the turtle has an ugly and cute feeling, anyway, it is the animal I like." ”
Quan Hongchan chatted about her turtle doll. Video Editor Huang Qing (00:23)
When these words fell, there was a burst of laughter in the press conference room. Due to the disparity in strength, this match from before to after the match, there is less tension in the competition for victory, and even more like a meeting between the recognized champion and fans and the media.
However, the fierce gold medal battle will be staged in the women's single 10-meter platform event - Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi, the two will face each other.
Together, they are the strongest combination, each fighting each other is the best opponent, and the story of this golden pair will continue.