DWS 2011 - Sheffield, Day 2: China completes clean sweep
The final day of competition at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series saw the Chinese diving team re-affirm their dominance of international diving. The Chinese team secured gold in all four events on the second day in Sheffield, setting a marker for the diving world ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai this summer.
Britain’s Tom Daley started the final well and lay in second place after the first two rounds but a mistake on his Armstand Back Triple Somersaults piked saw him lose ground, falling to the bottom of the leader board. Daley picked up with his next two dives and while the podium places proved out of reach, he scored a season’s best 507.35 to finish fourth overall.
“To be able to get my highest score of the season when missing a dive for 5s and 5.5s is quite nice,” Daley said. “Obviously I am disappointed with one of my dives but I have just got to make sure I can try to improve and focus for my next competition in Mexico.
“My new dives are going quite well at the moment. I scored 9.5s for me Back 3.5 which is the best that I have done internationally. Overall I am really pleased with this weekend. My dives were a bit inconsistent in Moscow and Beijing so to come here and do so well has given me a bit of confidence for this season.”
Bo continued his excellence and he won gold with 586.55 points. His teammate Huo Liang captured silver with a score of 561.70 while USA’s David Boudia won bronze with a score of 534.55.
Peter Waterfield missed out on his place in the final by just 0.6 points after finishing fourth in his semi-final with a total of 468.15. After making his return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear early last year, the British crowd cheered on Ben Swain as he made his return to competition with Nicholas Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro.
The British pair secured a respectable 100.80 points for their required dives and went into the third round in a strong position but it was the Chinese pair of Qin Kai and Luo Yutong that were dominating early on.
Thomas Daley (GBR) performing an impressive 10m platform jump - credit: British Swimming
Kai and Yuntong were within reaching distance of the gold medal after their fourth dive and while they dropped their penultimate dive, they recovered with their final effort, scoring 9s to take gold with 460.23.
Silver went to Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas (Mexico) with a score of 451.71 and the American pair of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen scored 425.73 to take bronze.
Robinson-Baker and Swain finished seventh with a total of 395.88.
“I am feeling good after that performance,” Swain said. “I really wanted to do better but I got through the whole list without pain for the first time.
“It was great to be back on the boards with Nick again. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done to come back from injury and it felt really good to be in front of the home crowd.”
The women’s 10m Synchro saw Chinese pair, Roulin Chen and Hao Wang, secure the gold with a twenty point lead on the field. Chen and Wang took an impressive 347.46 points to take the victory ahead of Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (Canada).
Chen said after the win: “The first two dives we have are easy ones and then our coach told us to get more focused to do much better. We aren’t always confident about winning the competition but we are good competitors and we try hard to compete our best.”
Benfeito and Filion finished with 325.71 for the silver while Australia’s Melissa Wu and Alexandra Croak took bronze with 325.26 points.
Britain’s Rebecca Gallantree and Megan Sylvester finished in fifth place with a score of 294.90. They showed impressive synchronicity after just two training sessions together.
He Zi won her second individual gold of this season’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series in the 3m Springboard after putting in a consistent performance throughout the final. She was the only diver in the final to score a 10 and put the competition out of reach with her penultimate dive, scoring 82.50 for an excellent Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults piked. Zi finished with a total of 396.95 to win gold. Silver went to her team-mate Minxia Wu who took a total of 370.35 while Canada’s Jennifer Abel scored 341.40 for bronze.
Gallantree finished in sixth place in the second semi-final with a score of 263.60.