DWS 2012, Beijing: Daley cheers for day-high as China completes a sweep
With a day-high score 103.60 points for his dive - a Forward 4.5 Somersault, Tuck - Britain's talent Thomas Daley was satisfied with a silver medal behind world champion Qiu Bo in the men's 10m platform. The Chinese divers got all eight gold medals on offer once more at the second meet of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012 in Beijing (CHN).
Comparing to last year's 600 plus form, Qiu collected only five full marks and 566.50 points for the gold, after a mistake in his fourth dive (a Back 3.5 Somersault, Pike - with a poor 88.20, which came just after Daley's near-perfect dive. Daley finished with silver with a total 541.15 while teammate Peter Waterfield claimed third spot with a score of 531.80.
Qiu, gold medallist at the 2011 FINA World Championships and 2012 FINA World Cup, said he was not in a good shape since last year's World Championships. "I have been suffering injuries after the World Championships that obliged me to reduce the time for training and added time for recovery. My form is not as good as last year. However, I am happy to compete with Daley, he performed very well today," Qiu said.
For Daley, what he performed at the "Water Cube" is the best competition he has had in the last years. "This is the highest score I've got in two years, including last year's worlds, London World Cup and World Series in Dubai. I've improved my degree of difficulty and consistence. I'm really happy with the silver. Because a silver means a gold when the Chinese diver is here, it's hard to catch them," Daley said after the event.
In the women's 3m springboard, China's He Zi beat veteran teammate Wu Minxia to clinch the title. The 21-year-old He, who was almost 11 points behind Wu after her fourth dive, made a game-high last dive to rank first with 395.55 points, edging World champion Wu by a slim 1.05 point. Italy's Tania Cagnotto finished third with a score of 353.25.
"I didn't expect to surpass Wu before my last dive," admitted He, who had trailed Wu to capture silver at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai. "I just focused on my performance. Of course, I'm very happy because I made no mistake today and had some luck," she added.
Chinese pair Qin Kai/Luo Yutong won the men's 3m springboard synchro, totalling 464.49, 33.06 points more than runners-up Illya Kvasha/Oleksiy Prygorov of Ukraine. The bronze went to Germany's Patrick Hausding/Stephan Feck, who collected 426.96 points.
Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao dominated the women's 10m platform synchro, amassing 360.66 points, well ahead of Mexican pair Paola Espinosa/Alejandra Orozco (327.48) and Canada's Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion (326.10).
Thomas DALEY (GBR) - credit: Gong Lei/Xinhua