Chinese Diver He Zi Wins Olympic Silver — Then Gets a Proposal on the Podium

August 14, 2016 | Updated: 10:17 p.m., August 14, 2016

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Love is in the air at Rio 2016 — and the world’s top athletes are getting in on the act.

Just moments after receiving her silver medal in Sunday’s 3-meter springboard event, China’s He Zi was asked to take a very different kind of plunge.

The 25-year-old was met by boyfriend Qin Kai, a fellow Olympic diver, who bent low on one knee by the podium before offering up a box containing an engagement ring.

She appeared shocked, and covered her mouth before Qin placed the ring on her finger and gave a “thumbs up” to the spectators.

“We’ve been dating for over six years,” He Zi told reporters.

“I didn’t know that he would propose today, and I didn’t expect that I would marry myself out so early.

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“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.”

Qin, a bronze medalist in the men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard, also gave his wife-to-be a red rose encased in glass.

It’s the second engagement to take place at a Rio Games venue, following that of Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo and girlfriend Marjorie Enya last Monday.

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But there was no ring on that occasion, as Enya used a gold ribbon to tie around Cerullo’s finger.

“The Olympic Games can look like closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone,” Enya told the BBC. “I wanted to show people that love wins.”