PR 44 - Cuban duo spoils China’s bid for a golden sweep in Madrid (ESP)
Lausanne (SUI), June 18, 2012 - 101 divers from the current and up-and-coming elite, representing 20 nations, were on hand for the fourth leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2012, organised from June 15-17. Cubans Jose Guerra/Jeinkler Aguirre captured gold in the men’s 10m platform synchro, the only non-Chinese victory of the meet. Divers from Australia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Ukraine also climbed the podium in the Spanish capital.
In the women’s competition, China easily prevailed with Wang Han reclaiming gold after her success in Fort Lauderdale (USA, meet No3) in the 3m springboard with a total 360.90 points, ahead of teammate Liu Jiao (second) and Laura Sanchez from Mexico (third). Han paired with Zheng Qulin to win the synchro same event, beating the Australians and Ukrainians, second and third, respectively. In the 10m platform, Si Yajie (CHN) also repeated her gold medal finish from the American stop, topping the standings with 395.15 points. Compatriot Liu Jiao picked up silver while Melissa Wu from Australia took the bronze. Huixia, together with Zhu Jiaming, were the best in the synchro event. The Australian (second) and Mexican (third) pairs completed the podium.
Among men, Peng Jianfeng (CHN) performed brilliantly in the 3m springboard and emerged victorious with a total 495.20. Frenchman Matthieu Rosset was second and local hope Javier Illana, third. In the synchro event, China remained strong, leaving the second and third spots for France and Italy. In the 10m platform, Chen Aisen won in stunning fashion with 536.20 points, successfully holding at bay silver and bronze medallists, Yang Jian (CHN, 507.95) and Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB, 467.70). In the synchro event, the Cubans proved too strong for the Chinese, snatching the title while silver went to Mexico and China had to settle for the bronze.
The last meet of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2012 will be held in Bolzano (ITA) from June 22-24.
MEDALLISTS IN MADRID (ESP)
3m springboard: 1. Peng Jianfeng (CHN) 495.20; 2. Matthieu Rosset (FRA) 487.90; 3. Javier Illana (ESP) 466.25
10m platform: 1. Chen Aisen (CHN) 536.20; 2. Yang Jian (CHN) 507.95; 3. Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB) 467.70
3m springboard synchro: 1. Li Shixin/He Chao (CHN) 433.14; 2. Damien Cely/Matthieu Rosset (FRA) 412.17; 3. Nicola Marconi/Tommaso Marconi (ITA) 392.61
10m platform synchro: 1. Jose Guerra/Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB) 435.12; 2. Ivan Garcia/German Sanchez (MEX) 432.24; 3. Chen Aisen/Yang Jian (CHN) 428.10
3m springboard: 1. Wang Han (CHN) 360.90; 2. Liu Jiao (CHN) 350.40; 3. Laura Sanchez (MEX) 331.95
10m platform: 1. Si Yajie (CHN) 395.15; 2. Liu Huixia (CHN) 392.30; 3. Melissa Wu (AUS) 353.35
3m springboard synchro: 1. Wang Han/Zheng Qulin (CHN) 306.30; 2. Anabelle Smith/Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 293.58 ; 3. Anastasiya Nedobiga/Viktoriya Kesar (UKR) 276.45
10m platform synchro: 1. Liu Huixia/Zhu Jiaming (CHN) 337.86; 2. Loudy Wiggins/Rachel Bugg (AUS) 285.69; 3. Carla Rivas/Monica Marquez (MEX) 266.88