DWS 2013, Moscow day 2: China dominates in the individual 3m springboard
Moscow, RUSSIA - China didn't shake in the first individual events at the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, being held in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the second day of the event, the representatives of the powerhouse in the discipline managed to perfectly control their main opponents and conquer two more gold medals.
The women’s 3m springboard used to be the most conservative event in the diving programme: during the last dozen of years the difficulty of the dives remained in the same level. If, from one hand, this helps to keep a very high level of quality, on the other hand, it also allows that every diver taking part in the World Series is able to shine and fight for he top positions.
Shi Tingmao proved again that she will become one of the biggest stars of this season. Before the last round, she was keeping the leadership quite confidently – ahead of her compatriot He Zi, who won gold and silver at the London Olympics and the same medal set at the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai.
He Zi started her carreer in the national team in 2007, when she won the 1m competition in Melbourne (AUS). Shi Tingmao won her 1m gold in Shanghai. Now she definitively is one of the most promising divers in the world and the proof of this level was the switch in the duet, where she now pairs (replacing He Zi) with Wu Mingxia. In Moscow, Tingmao earned gold with an impressive difference of 18.60 ahead of He Zi.
Mexico's Laura Sanchez didn’t present such as strong programme as she did in London (where she was third), but was once more impressive, also getting the bronze in the Russian capital.
Among men (3m springboard), China and Mexico were represented by two participants each in this final. In the first rounds, the Chinese divers were not such impressive by the difficulty of their combinations, but the quality of the execution was extremely high. Ukraine's Ilya Kvasha got the leadership after the second dive and looked quite confident. The World Series 2013 started for him with the fourth place in Beijing but then Kvasha got two consecutive victories – in Dubai and Edinburgh.
The first competition day in Moscow was also successful for Kvasha: he got gold in synchro with Oleksiy Prigorov. But in the fourth round of the individual event, he made an unexpected mistake. He Chong then used his jokers at the end of the contest, performing a 4.5 Forward for the highest points of the day (102.60), and then a 2.5 Forward with 3 twists.
Kuznetsov also repeated the points record in his 4.5 Forward (102.60) but he finished with the silver medal, 11.75 points behind the winner - He Chong. The bronze went to the second Chinese of the final, Qin Kai. Yahel Castillo (fourth) and Daniel Islas (sixth), from Mexico, showed very complicated dives but not clean enough: however, we can definitively count on their top performances next July, at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP).