Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers
China's Olympic champion Wu Minxia will lead a strong Chinese team in Beijing (CHN), where the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 takes place from March 25-26. Wu, who spearheaded China's dream team after the retirement of "Diving Queen" Guo Jingjing, said she was pleased to compete again in the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) since the brilliant performance shared here in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Asked about the nagging injuries around her career, Wu shrugged off by saying she is trying to look forward and surpass herself in the upcoming competition. The Chinese diving team also features women's platform Olympic two-time winner Chen Ruolin, men's springboard Olympic and World champion He Chong, 2010 DWS overall winner in the men's springboard Qin Kai just to name a few.
As a high-profile, annual competition series which started in 2007, the FINA/Midea Diving World Series provide precious opportunities for world-class divers to compete on the international diving stage with many Olympic and World champions or medallists.
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The two-day Beijing meet will welcome about 60 international diving stars from countries and regions all over the world. Among men, 37-year-old Russian Dmitri Sautin will perform in the men's 3m springboard synchro with Yury Kunakov, Canada's World champion Alexandre Despatie will show up in the men's springboard and Britain's World champion Tom Daley will combine with veteran diver Peter Waterfield in the men's 10m platform synchro.
In the women's field, Mexico's Paola Espinosa, women's platform reigning World champion, will compete in both the springboard and platform events. "I am happy to be back to the Water Cube. My current form is great. It is a big challenge to dive in two events. Maybe I will do the same at the London Olympic Games, " Espinosa said.