PR 29 - China still strong, Americans shine at home
Lausanne (SUI), May 9, 2011 – The young Chinese representing diving’s superpower nation in Fort Lauderdale (Fl., USA) occupied the majority of the podium yet again at the fourth meet of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2011 held from May 5-8, securing five of the eight titles at stake. The Americans also impressed at home, bagging seven medals (one gold, two silvers and four bronze).
China swept all events in the men’s competition. Taking gold in the 3m springboard was Qin Kai while silver went to his compatriot He Chong. In third was Troy Dumais (USA). Qin Kai/Yutong Luo were the best in the synchro same event while the American improved his bronze-medal finish with Kristian Ipsen by taking silver. A nice surprise came from the Japanese pair Sho Sakai/Yu Okamoto claiming third spot. In the platform competition, Huo Liang shared the podium with teammate Qiu Bo (second) and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondar. In the platform synchro, Qiu Bo/Huo Liang finished with the highest score, leaving the silver for Mexico’s German Sanchez/Ivan Garcia and the minor medal for David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA).
Among women, the scenario was quite different with only one Chinese winner, He Zi, in the 3m springboard. Anastasia Pozdniakova (RUS) and Kelci Bryant (USA) won the silver and bronze, respectively. On the higher board, the Australian team celebrated its first trip to the podium with the gold medal performance of Brittany Broben, beating China’s “veteran” Chen Ruolin and young sensation Hu Yadan into second and third place, respectively. With the Chinese absent from the synchronised events, the USA (Christina Loukas/Abby Johnston) claimed their first gold of the Grand Prix season and another bronze (Cassidy Krug/Kassidy Cook) in the 3m springboard, leaving the silver for British pair Rebecca Gallantree/Alicia Blagg. In the platform, Carol-Ann Ware/Pamela Ware (CAN) were the best, followed by another American pair (Anna James/Mary-Beth Dunnichay) and Germany’s Christin Steuer/Nora Subschinski in third.
MEDALLISTS IN FT. LAUDERDALE (USA)
3m springboard: 1. Qin Kai (CHN) 508.50; 2. He Chong (CHN) 487.05; 3. Troy Dumais (USA) 480.10
10m platform: 1. Huo Liang (CHN) 540.15; 2. Qiu Bo (CHN) 524.55; 3. Oleksandr Bondar (UKR) 515.10
3m springboard synchro: 1. Qin Kai/Yutong Luo (CHN) 447.42; 2. Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen (USA) 421.98; 3. Sho Sakai/Yu Okamoto (JPN) 390.66
10m platform synchro: 1. Qiu Bo/Huo Liang (CHN) 456.27; 2. German Sanchez/Ivan Garcia (MEX) 444.81; 3. David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA) 438.51
3m springboard: 1. He Zi (CHN) 389.45; 2. Anastasia Pozdniakova (RUS) 337.35; 3. Kelci Bryant (USA) 333.60
10m platform: 1. Brittany Broben (AUS) 400.15; 2. Chen Ruolin (CHN) 380.95; 3. Hu Yadan (CHN) 362.90
3m springboard synchro: 1.Christina Loukas/Abby Johnston (USA) 293.40; 2. Rebecca Gallantree/Alicia Blagg (GBR) 286.20; 3. Cassidy Krug/Kassidy Cook (USA) 285.30
10m platform synchro: 1. Carol-Ann Ware/Pamela Ware (CAN) 286.62; 2. Anna James/Mary-Beth Dunnichay (USA) 280.50; 3. Christin Steuer/Nora Subschinski (GER) 267.18
2011 FINA DIVING GRAND PRIX CALENDAR
February 18-20: Madrid (ESP)
February 24-26: Penza (RUS)
April 28-May 1: Montreal (CAN)
May 5-8: Fort-Lauderdale (USA)
May 27-29: Rostock (GER)
June 10-12: Bolzano (ITA)