Chinese divers get engaged on Olympic medal stage

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - China's He Zi received the shock of her life when teammate and boyfriend Qin Kai rushed up with a diamond ring during the medal ceremony of the women's 3 meter springboard event, marking the second marriage proposal of the Olympics.

Qin, who won a bronze medal in his own synchronized diving event last week, climbed up to the stage after He received her silver medal, getting down on one knee while holding a red box with the ring and a glass-encased rose.

"I didn't know he would propose today and I didn't expect myself to marry myself out so early," said He, who tearfully accepted the proposal with a big hug.

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China's diver Qin Kai, left, cheers after silver medalist He Zi of the women's 3-meter springboard diving finals accepted his marriage proposal in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. He Zi (CHN) of China recieves a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai (CHN) of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal. REUTERS/Michael Dalder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. He Zi (CHN) of China recieves a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai (CHN) of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal. REUTERS/Michael Dalder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. He Zi (CHN) of China recieves a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai (CHN) of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. He Zi (CHN) of China recieves a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai (CHN) of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Women's 3m Springboard Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. He Zi (CHN) of China recieves a marriage proposal from Olympic diver Qin Kai (CHN) of China after the medal ceremony. She accepted Qin's proposal. At left are Shi Tingmao (CHN) of China and Tania Cagnotto (ITA) of Italy. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Gold medallist China's Shi Tingmao (R) and bronze medallist Italy's Tania Cagnotto react as Silver medallist China's He Zi (unseen) receives a marriage proposal from Chinese diver Qin Kai during the podium ceremony of the Women's diving 3m Springboard Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Silver medallist China's He Zi (R), reacts she receives a marriage proposal from Chinese diver Qin Kai during the podium ceremony of the Women's diving 3m Springboard Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
China's gold medalist Shi Tingmao, center, silver medalist He Zi of China, left and Italy's bronze medalist Tania Cagnotto, right, stand on the podium during the medals ceremony for the women's 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
China's gold medalist Shi Tingmao, center, silver medalist He Zi of China, left and Italy's bronze medalist Tania Cagnotto, right, stand on the podium during the medals ceremony for the women's 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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"I saw him during the afternoon and he seemed to be memorizing something, so I asked him 'what are you doing?' and he said he was singing," she told reporters.

"I've forgotten most of what he's said (during the proposal), but it's largely what you can expect like promises, but what touched me the most is that he said he was willing to be bullied by me for life," she said.

The 25-year-old has been dating the 30-year-old Qin for the past six years, she added.

Shi Tingmao, speaking to reporters after her gold medal win in the same event, said she had knew about the proposal before the event, which Qin watched from the sidelines with the Chinese team.

"I'm really happy for them, because these years, be it career or relationships-wise, they have had to face a lot of pressure," she said.

The engagement is the second of the Games, after Brazilian women's rugby player Isadora Cerullo accepted a marriage proposal from her girlfriend at the medals ceremony for the first Olympic rugby sevens competition last week. (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)


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