Tucson’s Quick wins an Olympic medal
TUCSON (KVOA) – Tucson’s Delaney Schnell comes home with an Olympic piece of hardware.
The 22-year-old told News 4 Tucson in June that she loves being the slayer at an event. And that’s exactly what she and her 10-meter platform sync diving partner Jessica Parratto did. They rallied for a medal on their last four outside dives to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
It is the first time the United States has won a silver medal at this event.
The Indiana graduate was quickly paired up at the end of the summer after her expected partner, Taryn Gilliland, sustained an injury and was unable to compete in the U.S. Olympiatrials.
Chinese teenagers Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi won the women’s 10-meter platform gold medal, the country’s second diving gold at the Tokyo Games.
Chen and Zhang scored a total of 363.78 points over five rounds. They received two perfect 10’s to run on their second dive.
15-year-old Chen won the 10-meter platform individual title at the World Championships in 2019 at the age of 13. 17-year-old Zhang won the platform synchro title at the World Cup two years ago.
Delaney Schnell and Jessica Parratto await the results of the final jump that took them to an Olympic silver medal (Photo: NBC Olympics)
Parratto and Schnell totaled 310.80.
Schnell was a bronze medalist in individual jumping at the 2019 World Championships. Parratto finished seventh in Rio five years ago.
Tucson High School and UA graduates will compete in the single platform next week on August 3rd and 4th in Tucson Time.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.