PR 11 - World’s diving elite meets in Moscow (RUS) for opening leg
Lausanne (SUI), March 17, 2011 – On March 18-19, Moscow’s Olympic swimming pool will host the opening leg of the 5th FINA/MIDEA Diving World Series. 35 athletes from 12 countries will contest the first meet of the Series, with eight events for both men and women on the schedule: 3m springboard and 10m platform, both individual and synchro.
Here is the complete 2011 World Series schedule:
March 18-19 // Moscow (RUS)
March 25-26 // Beijing (CHN)
April 15-16 // Sheffield (GBR)
April 22-23 // Guanajuato (MEX)
Remaining virtually unbeaten in all four previous World Series editions, Chinese divers are expected to dominate once again in this first meet in the Russian capital. Likely to hit the podium in the men’s events are Kai Qin and Bo Qiu, overall winners of the 2010 and 2009 World Series in the 3m springboard and 10m platform respectively, and Olympic champion Chong He (3m springboard). In the women’s field too, China swept all events in 2010; Zi He in the 3m springboard (and the synchro same event with Minxia Wu) and Ruolin Chen in the platform (and synchro with Hao Wang), also Olympic champion in the event.
The competition promises to be fierce as other Olympic and World medallists will attend the world-class rendezvous: Alexandre Despatie (CAN), Dmitry Sautin (RUS), Patrick Hausding (GER) and Yahel Castillo (MEX) in the men’s while Paola Espinosa (MEX), Jennifer Abel (CAN), Tania Cagnotto (ITA) and Melissa Wu (AUS) will ensure a tough competitive field among women.
At each meet, US$96,000 of prize money is reserved for the three best divers of all eight individual and synchro events. Moreover, a prize money amounting US$192,000 will reward the overall World Series winners in each diving event – totalling US$480,000.
The finals of each event will be video streamed live on the FINA website www.fina.org