Love is in the air at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Aside from receiving a silver medal in the Women’s 3m springboard event on Sunday (14th August), Chinese diver He Zi (何姿) also obtained an engagement ring when she was proposed to by fellow diver and boyfriend Qin Kai (秦凯)!
During He Zi’s medal ceremony, 30-year-old Qin Kai, who previously won a bronze medal last week during the Men’s synchronised diving event, climbed up to the podium, got down on one knee, took out a ring, and proposed to his girlfriend of 6 years. The crowd clapped and cheered when she said yes. Aww :)
“I didn’t know he would propose today and I didn’t expect myself to marry myself out so early. I saw him during the afternoon and he seemed to be memorising something, so I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ and he said he was singing,” said the 25-year-old bride-to be.
He Zi’s teammate Shi Tingmao, who earned a gold medal in the same event, told reporters that she knew about the proposal beforehand and is excited for the couple. “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 heartwarming event marks the 2nd marriage proposal of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Last week, Brazilian women’s rugby player Isadora Cerullo accepted a marriage proposal from her girlfriend at the medals ceremony for the first Olympic rugby sevens game.