Easy win for Chinese duo

Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia totaled 345.60 points in the first diving event of the Rio Games.

Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao of China compete in the women's diving synchronised 3m springboard final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.   -  Getty Images

China has opened its bid for a golden sweep in Olympic diving, easily winning the women's 3-meter springboard synchronized title.

Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia totaled 345.60 points Sunday in the first diving event of the Rio Games. They led throughout the five-round competition and won by a whopping 31.77 points on an overcast day at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, where light rain briefly fell.

Italy's Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape took silver at 313.83. Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith of Australia rallied from last to earn the bronze with 299.19, edging Canada by less than a point.

Wu claimed her fourth consecutive gold in 3-meter synchro, becoming the first woman to win four golds in the same event at the Olympics. She also won in 2004, 2008 and 2012.