Rio 2016

Diver Gets Marriage Proposal Poolside After Winning Silver

Chinese diver He Zi had a better day than you. She grabbed silver in women's 3m springboard Sunday with a great performance. Then, after receiving her medal on the podium, her boyfriend, fellow diver Qin Kai, approached.

The other divers stood back, smiling, as Qin produced a rose and a ring, dropped to a knee and proposed to He (for a really long time). Thousands roared their approval at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio and got louder when He nodded "yes" to the proposal.

She said yes, but it wasn't without some trepidation. "I didn't expect this at all," she said to a reporter after the proposal. "I feel it is too soon to get married and to get a proposal.” 

Gold medalist Shi Tingmao said, "It was a really good moment." Though her thunder, and that of all medalists, was stolen a little by the proposal. In the post-medal ceremony press conference, neither Chinese medalist was asked a question about diving. Tania Cagnotto, the bronze medalist, got one question about diving and one about the green water, according to Scott Stinson of the National Post. The proposal took center stage.

Watch an abbreviated version of the proposal above, or head over here to see the whole scene from medal ceremony to "yes."

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record, but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.