Hausding retains 3m springboard title – Koltunova with second gold for Russia
Patrick Hausding, the “World Diver of the Year 2010”, retained the first of his two 2010 titles in the 3m springboard at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday. In a close competition, the German won with 499.40 points ahead of the two Russians, Ilya Zakharov (493.85) and the new 1m European Champion Evgeny Kuznetsov (482.35). After the fifth round Hausding and Zakharov were still joint leaders.
“My first dive could have been a little better. But after everything went well. You simply have to put your best dives at the end”, said the German who had gained medals in all five competitions in Budapest 2010. Patrick Hausding also achieved the second quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after Noemi Batki (ITA) had ensured the first one by winning the women’s 10m platform on Wednesday.
Yulia Koltunova with new partner Daria Govor won Russia’s second gold medal in Turin in the women’s 10m platform synchro competition with 322.26 points. They defeated 2010 title holders, Germans Nora Subschinski and Christin Steuer (317.76). The bronze medal went to Yulia Prokopchuk and Alina Chaplenko of Ukraine (315.24).
Koltunova admitted after the competition: “This gold medal is more important to me than my silver in the 3m individual event.” And Christin Steuer, who had broken her nose at the beginning of February, disclosed: “Since I couldn’t train as planned, this silver medal is a success.”
Italian diving heroine Tania Cagnotto is the hot favourite in the women’s 1m springboard event on Friday, going for her third successive European title after 2009 and 2010. Her toughest contenders will possibly be Sweden’s Anna Lindberg, three-time European gold medallist (1m and 3m springboard), German Katja Dieckow and reigning 3m springboard European Champion Nadezda Bazhina (Russia).
Zakharov (RUS), Hausding (GER) and Kuznetsov (RUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala
The “European Diver of the Year 2010”, Ukrainian Illya Kvasha, who lost his 1m title to Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov in Turin on Wednesday, is also competing for his third gold medal in a row with partner Oleksiy Prygorov in the 3m springboard synchro event on Friday. Medal contenders are the Russians Ilya Zakharov-Evgeny Kuznetsov and Germans Patrick Hausding-Stephan Feck.
(LEN Press Release)
Medal table (after 4 of 10 competitions)