6th European title for Sascha Klein - Russia tops medal table once more

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Russia once again proved the best nation at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin with three gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the altogether ten events, but was closely followed by Germany (3-3-2) and the host country, Italy (3-0-1). Russia also won the Team Trophy with 191 points ahead of Germany (175), Ukraine (138) and Italy (124).The four quota places for next year’s Olympic Games at stake in Turin went to Germany (2/men’s 3m and 10m), Italy (women’s 10m) and Sweden (women’s 3m).

Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape made the fans cheer again in the final event on Sunday, when the Italians won their third successive title in the women’s 3m synchro springboard practically with their last dive (320.40 points), defeating until then leading Russians Nadezda Bazhina-Svetlana Philippova (317.13 points). Germans Katja Dieckow-Uschi Freitag took bronze (295.90 points). Cagnotto said afterwards: "Naturally I'm happy, even though I failed to win the 3m springboard title, but I gained three medals again just like two years ago in Turin. The crowd here is just fantastic !"

25-year-old German Sascha Klein achieved his sixth platform title on the closing day of the Arena European Diving Championships and Germany’s second quota place for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Klein won the 10m event in a convincing manner with a score of 515.05, successfully defending his 2010 gold medal of Budapest. On Saturday he had already gained gold in the 10m synchro platform competition together with partner Patrick Hausding, who finished runner-up in the individual event with 506.10 points. Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondar took bronze with 493.95 points.



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Hausding (GER), Klein (GER) & Bondar (UKR) - credit: Giorgio Scala


Italian diving legend and Turin competition manager Klaus Dibiasi, who won three back-to-back Olympic titles in the 10m platform (1968, 1972, 1976) and has altogether eight gold and six silver medals at Olympic Games, World and European Championships on his record, was more than pleased with the smooth running of the competition: “The volunteers were great, very friendly and really knew their job as they had already worked at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games here in Turin. And most of them did the diving event for the second time after 2009. Public interest was also incredible. Stands were packed all competition running and in fact we had so many requests for tickets that we were forced to refuse a lot of them. Nevertheless, even so people were queuing outside the venue in pouring rain hoping to get in. All in all the Arena European Championships were a real success, and in many aspects much better then two years ago.”

Medal table (after 10 of 10 competitions)



Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1.
Russia
3
5
2
10
2.
Germany
3
3
2
8
3.
Italy
3
0
1
4
4.
Sweden
1
0
1
2
5.
Ukraine
0
2
2
4
6.
France
0
0
2
2

Total
10
10
10
30


All Medal Winners – Women

1m springboard
Gold:   Tania Cagnotto (ITA)
Silver: Nadezda Bazhina(RUS)
Bronze: Anna Lindberg (SWE)

3m springboard
Gold:   Anna Lindberg (SWE)
Silver: Nadezda Bazhina (RUS)
Bronze: Tania Cagnotto (ITA)

10m platform
Gold:   Noemi Batki (ITA)
Silver: Yulia Koltunova (RUS)
Bronze: Maria Kurjo (GER)

3m synchro springboard
Gold:   Tania Cagnotto / Francesca Dallapè (ITA)
Silver: Nadezda Bazhina / Svetlana Philippova (RUS)
Bronze: Katja Dieckow / Uschi Freitag (GER)

10m synchro platform
Gold:   Yulia Koltunova / Daria Govor (RUS)
Silver: Christin Steuer / Nora Subschinski (GER)
Bronze: Yulia Prokopchuk /Alina Chaplenko (UKR)

All Medal Winners – Men

1m springboard

Gold:   Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS)
Silver: Illya Kvasha (UKR)
Bronze: Matthieu Rosset (FRA)

3m springboard

Gold:   Patrick Hausding (GER)
Silver: Ilya Zakharov (RUS)
Bronze: Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS)

10m platform

Gold:   Sascha Klein (GER)
Silver: Patrick Hausding (GER)
Bronze: Matthieu Rosset (FRA)

3m synchro springboard
Gold:   Evgeny Kuznetsov / Ilya Zakharov (RUS)
Silver: Patrick Hausding / Stephan Feck (GER)
Bronze: Matthieu Rosset / Damien Cely (FRA)

10m synchro platform
Gold:   Patrick Hausding / Sascha Klein (GER)
Silver: Oleksandr Gorshkovozov / Oleksandr Bondar (UKR)
Bronze: Victor Minibaev/ Ilya Zakharov (RUS)

(LEN Press Release)

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