DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 2: Qiu Bo perfect in the platform, completes China's total sweep
In a perfect-mark showdown against younger teammate Cao Yuan, 2010 DWS winner in the platform Qiu Bo of China received no less than 25 perfect 10s to score a historic 609.20 in the 10m event, completing China's total sweep of all eight events in the second leg of the 2011 FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing from March 25-26.
Qiu and Cao collected 51 perfect marks altogether in front of the full-house cheering fans at the Water Cube. Qiu, 18, received 10s from all the judges for his second dive (Armstand Backward Triple Somersault, Pike) and third (Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck), producing three dives over 100 points, while his "poorest" performance was the starting dive (Inward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck) with a 94.40. It was Qiu's Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, which helped him secure the gold medal for a day-high 111.00 points.
Though 15-year-old Cao, 2010 Asian Games winner, earned 26 perfect marks, one more than Qiu, the young talent had one less over-100 point dive compared to his older teammate. Cao had to settle for silver, totalling 602.75. British veteran Peter Waterfield claimed third spot with 546.95 points. Just out of medal range were 2008 World Cup champion Sascha Klein (GER), fourth, and 2009 World champion Thomas Daley (GBR), fifth.
Qiu, who already finished first in the event in Moscow last week, said: "My new career high 609.20 will be a great boost for me in the future. I hope I can keep on going like today. However, my 407C was not very good, otherwise, it can be called a perfect night!"
"It is no big difference to earn a 9 or 10 points for me, actually. I was nervous," Qiu continued.
It was Cao's first time to enter the 600-point club. On his performance, Cao reflected: "The 602.75 means a good start for me."
Olympic gold medallist Wu Minxia (CHN) claimed her second title in the women's 3m springboard despite flaws in her second and fifth dives. Wu's winning total was 402.30 points, edging reigning World Cup champion teammate He Zi by 2.10 points. The bronze medal went to Canadian Jennifer Abel with 382.05 points.
In the women's 10m platform synchro, Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao won with 365.52 points, beating Leong Mun Yee/Pamg Pandelela (MAS) and Alexandra Croak/Melissa Wu (AUS) into second and third.
Chinese duo Qin Kai/Luo Yutong were the best in the men's 3m springboard synchro, scoring 476.64. Olympic bronze medallists Illya Kvasha/Oleksey Prygorov (UKR) and Patrick Hausding/Stephan Feck (GER) bagged a silver and bronze, respectively. Beijing Olympic silver medallists Dmitry Sautin/Yury Kunakov of Russia finished a disappointing fifth.
After Beijing, the FINA/Midea Diving World Series' next stop is Sheffield (GBR) on April 15-16 and Guanajuato (MEX) on April 22-23.