Kuznetsov snatches title from Kvasha – Italy rejoices
Ukrainian Illya Kvasha’s dominance of the 1m springboard event ended on the opening day of the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, taking place from March 8-13. The 23-year-old was striving for his fourth successive title since 2008, but Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov snatched the primacy from him. The 20-year-old from Stavropol, who finished fourth in this competition in Budapest last year, received 427.05 points, Kvasha 419.65.
“A medal is not bad, but I’m a bit disappointed as I wanted to win my fourth title in a row. My second and third dives were the problem, when I didn’t perform perfectly”, commented the defeated champion. Kuznetsov admitted that he was sure of gold before his last dive: “There wasn’t much that could go wrong anymore.”
Frenchman Matthieu Rosset (412.15) gained bronze, the first individual medal for France in 57 years, since Christian Pire finished third in the 3m springboard event – at the 1954 European Championships also in Turin.
Yulia Koltunova (RUS), Noemi Batki (ITA) and Maria Kurjo (GER) - credit: Giorgio Scala
Italy rejoiced when Noemi Batki won the first gold medal for the host nation in the women’s 10m platform diving. She moved up on the podium from silver in Budapest last year to gold at the Piscina Stadio Monumentale with 346.35 points. Russian Yulia Koltunova, the 2010 bronze medallist and 2009 title holder, finished in second place (327.30) and German Maria Kurjo in third (318.45). 2010 European Champion Christin Steuer of Germany did not defend her title due to a broken nose suffered in training at the beginning of February.
The Piscina Stadio Monumentale will host the men’s 3m springboard and the women’s 10m platform synchro events on Thursday. German Patrick Hausding, the title defender and five-time medallist in Budapest, will make his first appearance in Turin. Illya Kvasha, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matthieu Rosset could again end up with a medal. Christin Steuer/Nora Subschinski will try to defend their platform synchro title despite Steuer’s injury. Yulia Koltunova (with Daria Govor), Iulia Prokopchuk (with Alina Chaplenko) will all strive to prevent that happening.
(LEN Press Release)