DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four
The second and final day of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17) concluded with four more gold medals for the Chinese team and the success of its stars Bo Qiu, Zi He, Hao Wang/Chen Ruolin, Zhang Xinhua/Qin Kai. China won seven of the eight titles to be distributed in Mexico, the second stop of this year's series. The only exception to this supremacy happened in the men's 3m springboard event, won by Alexandre Despatie (CAN).
Zi He repeated China's gold medal in Qingdao (first leg of the 2010 circuit) by winning the women's 3m springboard with 385.15 points. Paola Espinosa (MEX) showed at home that she has quality to perform in this event and not just on the 10m platform. The "Mexican princess of diving" took its second silver medal in this series - in the first day, she did in the platform - by accumulating 350.80 points. The podium was completed by Kelcy Bryant (USA), who concluded in third place with 332 units. In this event, Wu Minxia (CHN) had an error in her third dive and finished fifth.
Daniel Islas/Julián Sánchez (MEX)
The final of the synchronised men's 3m springboard was an additional proof of the Chinese domination, with Xinhua Zhang and Qin Kai taking gold in 432.75 points. They had also excelled in the opening round of the World Series held in Qingdao (CHN). Mexicans Daniel Islas and Julian Sanchez made an excellent debut in this event, with a second place and a score of 416.01. The host pair defeated experienced stars, as Russians Dmitry Sautin/Yuri Kunakov, third with 408.03 and Alexandre Despatie/Reuben Ross (CAN), placed fourth.
However, the most spectacular event was the men's 10m platform. The perfection reached by the top three originated several "10" in the judges' marks. The Chinese Qiu Bo won the gold medal with 557.60 points. Veracruz also marked the return of Australian Matthew Mitcham, Olympic champion, to the platform and the World Series. Mitcham finished second with 536.85 points, but was one of the most cheered divers by the numerous spectators in the aquatic complex. Matthew was happy with this outcome, enjoying his work on the platform along with his coach Salvador Sobrino, of Mexican origin.
"I am very happy to return to competition. The Mexican public is very special and make us feel at home. Today it is difficult to predict on the future level and evolution of the platform event, and that's very good for the sport of diving. I felt very well in the competition, and the public support was tremendous," said Matthew Mitcham.
The bronze medal went to American Thomas Finchum, with 527.40 points, while world champion Tom Daley (GBR) failed the qualification to the final.
Paola Espinosa (MEX)
In the synchronised women's 10m platform, the Chinese Wang Hao/Chen Ruolin delighted with their technique and triumphed in 345.96 points; they were also the best in Qingdao. Canadians Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito this time took silver with 336.39 and improved the third place in China. Australia's Melissa Wu and Alexandra Croaker won the bronze medal with 319.68.