'I don't feel much pressure really. But the Japanese diver was doing very well with some very difficult manoeuvres' Olympic and world champion Guo Jingjing did not let the fans down as she cruised to a comfortable victory in the women's one-metre springboard diving at the Macau Olympic Aquatic Centre last night. The 24-year-old completed the five-round final with a total of 319.59 points. Her wonderful diving skills were clearly in a class of her own against the nine other competitors and delighted the crowd who applauded each time after Guo performed. While Guo led from the beginning, there was a tough battle for second and third place with Ma Qianli, also from China, narrowly beating Nishi Ryoko of Japan to the silver medal. Ryoko was in second place before the final dive, but Ma, who completed the final dive with 64.74 points, overtook her Japanese rival to finish with 295.74 points, with Ryoko on 292.53. Guo said after the victory that she was very happy to be crowned the champion, although she admitted that her performance last night was not outstanding. 'I am very happy. Indeed having the chance to join the East Asian Games has already made me feel grateful. My performance tonight was normal,' she said. 'I don't feel much pressure really. But the Japanese diver was doing very well with some very difficult manoeuvres'. In the men's 3m, Luo Yutong won the first gold for China in diving. Luo led in five dives out of six with the only threat coming from his teammate Pan Zhaowei, who scored highest in the fourth dive to finish second just two points behind. Japan's Terauchi Ken finished third, a distant 35 points behind the winner. The 20-year-old gold medallist, who won a bronze medal in the 1m at the recent 10th National Games, said he aimed to repeat his success at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. China, who won 85 gold medals at the last games in Osaka four years ago, are clear favourites to finish top at these regional games featuring nine countries and regions. The world sporting powerhouses completed the opening day with 20 gold medals, while hosts Macau rewarded their fervent followers with six golds. China's other medals came from wushu, dragon boat and weightlifting. In wushu, Liu Na won the gold medal in women's 48kg sanshou (combat) after defeating South Korea's Chun Kuang-mi 2-0 in the final. It was also the first gold medal earned by Chinese martial arts competitors since the games opened on Saturday. In women's basketball, China were lucky to emerge with a narrow victory when they beat Japan 73-72 in the opening game. A disappointed China coach Li Yaguang was not satisfied with the team's performance. 'The result is good but the process is not,' said Li. 'I think nobody did a good job today, including myself.' China's starting forwards combined to score 27 points. Wu Jingjing netted the team's high of 15 points while Song Liwei snatched 12 points. Japan guard Oga Yuko, who collected 16 points with eight assists and three steals, was just one step away from being voted the game's MVP when she failed to convert the last shot to secure victory. Macau's nine-year preparations for the games paid off on the opening day when wushu competitor Huang Yanhui won the extravaganza's first gold medal in the women's nanquan. The 24-year-old Huang dazzled the audience and the judges with a fast and furious display of southern Chinese fist fighting to hold off her five competitors. Huang, who was born in Fujian Province, scored 9.75 points. Japan's Erika Kojima took the silver medal with 9.62, while Chen Shao-chi of Taiwan was third with 9.40. Macau were also able to win medals in all eight events of the dragon boat competition yesterday at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre with three gold and five silver while China won five gold, one silver and one bronze.