Shi Tingmao earned gold despite a poor fourth dive ©Getty Images

Shi Tingmao led the women’s three metre springboard competition from start to finish as China secured another three gold medals at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Diving World Series in Beijing.

The reigning world champion admitted to being slightly below her best throughout the competition, but she still proved more than good enough to claim the victory.

Tingmao, winner of the Rio 2016 test event, opened the event with a 76.50 dive to immediately move to the top of the standings.

Despite a poor fourth dive, which only scored 49.60, the 24-year-old ended clear on 348.10 points at the end of the standings.

It gave China their fourth gold of the World Series, with Tingmao’s team-mate He Zi sealing silver by ending on 338.10.

The podium was completed by Canada’s Pamela Ware, who scored a total of 322.15.

There was also a Chinese one-two in the men’s 3m springboard event, with Cao Yuan winning the competition by finishing on a tally of 498.05.

His compatriot He Chao and Russia’s Evgenii Kuznetsov posted scores of 472.40 and 466.20 respectively, to secure podium finishes.

Cao Yuan claimed the men's title in front of a home crowd
Cao Yuan claimed the men's title in front of a home crowd ©Getty Images

World champions Wang Han and Yang Hao made it seven golds in seven events at the World Cup for China, as the pairing posted a score of 327.60 in the 3m mixed synchronised springboard event.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac finished second on 294.24, while Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Maico Verzotto completed the podium on 289.20.

The Beijing World Series, the opening event of this season, is due to conclude tomorrow with the men's, women's and mixed synchro 10m platform finals.