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DWS 2013, Moscow day 1: China 3 – Ukraine 1

Diving World Series

Moscow, RUSSIA - China collected three gold medals in the first day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. Only with synchronized events, the day concluded with one victory from Ukraine, in the men’s synchro 3m springboard.

In the morning, the women’s and men’s 10m synchro platform didn't gather many participants: four teams were fighting for the medals in the first competition and only three in the second.

Among women, China, Canada, Malasia and Russia fought for the medals. Both Chinese (Si Yajie/Liu Huixia) and Canadian (twin sisters Carol-Ann and Pamela Ware) delegations sent to Moscow young athletes, while Russia was represented by one of its most experienced duets – silver medallists of 2004 Olympics Yulia Koltunova/Natalia Goncharova. The team made one mistake (Koltunova missed her entry after a 3.5 Inward tuck) and finished third. The top honours came to China (gold) and Malaysia (silver).
In the men’s field, the second victory of the morning session was captured by China’s Lin Ye/Chen Aisen (Lin Ye was the gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics in synchro diving with Huo Liang). Russia (second) and Cuba (third) completed the podium in the event.

In the afternoon, the women's 3 m springboard synchro final displayed five teams with a strong favourite among them – four-time Olympic gold medallist Wu Minxia with her new partner Shi Tingmao. The pair was quite successful, earning the third gold of the day for China. The most interesting duel of this final was for the silver, and in the end Ukraine’s Fedorova/Pymenska was the runner-up, in front of Malaysia’s Ng/Cheong.

Finally, six teams competed in the men's 3m synchro final, which registered a notable absence: Russia (due to an injury of Olympic champion Ilya Zakharov).

After the first two dives, two teams shared the lead: Ukraine and China. The Ukrainian merit was notorious, as China had sent a very strong duet to this event – Qin Kai and He Chong had together three Olympic golds and eight Worlds titles but never got them together in synchro.

The Chinese divers delivered one of the most complicated programmes but the Ukrainians did the same with a higher quality. After the fifth round, the Ukrainians were leading by 0.54, and an average 4.5 Forward tuck from China in the last attempt was not enough to recover. The Europeans finished first with 445.08, while China had to content with silver in 444.12. Far behind, Mexico (Castillo/Islas) got the bronze in 399.60.