Chinese Olympian proposes to girlfriend just moments after she is awarded silver medal


A Chinese Olympian's medal presentation was made even more dramatic when her boyfriend decided to pop the question just moments after she accepted her award. He Zi was already full of emotion as she stood on the podium at the Rio Olympics, clutching her silver medal.

But she was caught off guard when her boyfriend Qin Kai, a fellow Olympic diver who holds a bronze, approached her with a red rose and a jewellery box.

Qin, 30, dropped to one knee, offering his girlfriend the box with a diamond ring.



Qin Kai proposed to He Zi while she clutched her award

In front of spectators in the aquatic centre and viewers at home, Qin asked the all-important question and looked thrilled when his other half said "yes", wiping tears from her eyes.

"We've been dating for over six years," He later told reporters. "I didn't know that he would propose today, and I didn't expect that I would marry myself out so early.

"He (Qin) said a lot of things there at the podium. He made a lot of promises, but the thing that has touched me the most is that I think this is the guy I can trust for the rest of my life."


Her fellow medallists Tania Cagnotto and Shi Tingmao watched in surprise

The bride-to-be had just been presented with her silver medal, after finishing second in the Women's 3m springboard event on Sunday.

Her fellow medallists Shi Tingmao, also from China, and Tania Cagnotto, from Italy – who scooped gold and bronze respectively – watched the proposal in surprise.

This is the second engagement to take place at the Rio Olympics among the competitors. Brazilian player Isadora Cerullo experienced one of the best days of her life when her partner Marjorie Enya, a volunteer at the event, proposed to her after the rugby sevens final between Australia and New Zealand.

Marjorie used a gold ribbon and tied it around the Olympian's finger. "The Olympic Games can look like closure but, for me, it's starting a new life with someone," she told the BBC. "I wanted to show people that love wins."