DWS 2012, Tijuana: China's Qin and British Daley clinch men's titles
Tijuana, MEXICO - A great night with China's Kai Qin sweeping the men's 3m springboard and Great Britain's Thomas Daley delivering an outstanding performance and taking gold in the men's 10m platform closed the successful meets of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012. China did not take part in all events but still managed to earn five titles. Great Britain, the United States and Mexico shared the remaining titles in the two-day high-level competition.
On the final day, Kai Qin and Yutong Luo won the men’s 3m springboard synchro with 454.29 points. Britain, which presented a strong team ahead of their home Olympic Games this summer, was awarded the silver thanks to a fine performance by Christopher Mears and Nicholas Robinson-Baker (436.74 points). Ukraine took the bronze with Ilya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov (432.81 points). Other countries on track for medals were the United States, Germany and Mexico.
In the women's 3m springboard, Zi He was crowned with 386.55 points, enough for the Chinese in top shape to lead the rankings after her brilliant performances in Dubai, Beijing and Moscow. The silver medal went to experienced diver Tania Cagnotto (ITA) with 354.65 points while Christina Loukas (USA) claimed the bronze with 342.75 points. Laura Sanchez of Mexico had was the fourth best with 340.05 points.
Women's 3m springboard podium - credit: Christian Palma
Olympic champion Ruolin Chen and Hao Wang were once again the best duo in the women’s 10m platform synchro. They reached a score of 350.88 after their five flawless dives, after easily dominating the four stages of the 2012 Series.
The home crowd acclaimed the outcome of the women’s 10m platform synchro with silver-medallists Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco (338.37 points) producing a fine performance. The two, who will compete together at the 2012 London Olympics, were also successful at the Beijing leg. Paola Espinosa is the standard of experience and Alejandra Orozco, barely 15 years old, a rising talent. The bronze medal went to Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch (GBR) with 317.94 points.
The final of the men's 10m platform did not less shine despite the absence of Chinese great Qiu Bo. The concert of British Thomas Daley's six dives was perfect and got one of the best and highest scores on the platform. The 2009 World champion delighted with his performance and received near-perfect scores ranging from 9.5 to 10, for a total 562.85 points, to be the happy winner of the last meet.
Daley and Waterfield (GBR) - credit: Christian Palma
David Boudia (USA) also demonstrated his talent in the 10m platform and was second with 543.25 points. German Sascha Klein was another major player in the pool and took the bronze with 525.90. Mexican diver German Sanchez finished fourth with 481.10 points.
Addressing more than 200 spectators who filled the stands of the Aquatic Complex High Performance Centre in the border city, the Mexican diving team said goodbye to the home crowd prior to their participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Mexico, welcoming the world's best divers from a dozen countries in Tijuana, bagged three medals: Paola Espinosa, gold medal in the women’s 10m platform; Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco, silver medallists in the women’s 10m platform synchro and German Sanchez with Ivan Garcia, who captured silver in the men's 10m platform synchro.