American Chelsea Davis hit her nose on the diving board during the 3-meter springboard preliminaries yesterday at the world swimming championships in Montreal.
Davis was attempting an inward 21/2 somersault in the tuck position when she struck the bridge of her nose on the board and scraped her head.
Blood poured down her face, stunning spectators, some of whom turned away from the scene.
German Coach Lutz Buschkow jumped into the pool and pulled a crying Davis to the side. She was put on a floating stretcher and taken to the hospital, where her parents and boyfriend joined her.
Davis received a few stitches in her swollen nose, which was not broken, and returned to her hotel yesterday evening.
"It could have been a lot worse. We're very, very fortunate," U.S. diving team leader Bob Rydze said.
Guo Jingjing won her third consecutive world title in the 3-meter springboard, and China's third diving gold medal.
In 1998, Guo finished second in her first world meet. She has been strong ever since, also winning titles in 2001 and 2003.
-- From News Services