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DWS 2013, Moscow day 3: Minibaev innovates; China concludes with double gold

Diving World Series

Moscow, RUSSIA - China secured the two last gold medals in the final day of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, organised in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the individual 10m platform, the Asian divers always controlled the operations, giving their team a total of seven titles in the Russian capital.

The men’s 10m final became an historical one: Russian diver Victor Minibaev executed the unique dive that had never been executed before – a 2.5 Back with 3.5 twists (DD – 4.3). For comparison, a 4.5 forward - considered to be the most difficult one on the platform a couple of years ago - is only worth a DD 3.7.

When somebody breaks the limit, it is necessarily a very special moment. There is just a few divers that execute a dive with more than DD 4.0. Ivan Garcia, from Mexico, was the first to do a 4.4 Inward and performed it successfully at the 2011 Worlds and then at the Olympics. Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) started to do a 4.5 Back this season but is not ready to include this combination into his competitive programme.

The demonstration of the outstanding diving combination by Minibaev became the main attraction of the platform final. From the sportive point of view it looked a very “limited” edition, with only four participants. In the end, Yue Lin (CHN) got the gold, followed by Minibaev and by Aisen Chen (CHN, bronze).

Among women, four-time Olympic gold medallist Chen Ruolin (CHN) was the natural favourite after her triumphs in Beijing and Dubai. The third meet of the series, in Edinburgh, was held with the absence of the outstandind Chinese diver and finished with the victory of a newcomer - Si Yajie. So the competition in Moscow gave a wonderful possibility to the spectators to compare two Chinese divers who never before had a real chance to be compared at such a high level of competition.

Si Yajie got the gold, after an impressive performance: the judges seemed to be more loyal towards Chen Ruolin but her younger compatriot proved her strength. Yulia Koltunova (RUS) was not sure if she would continue her carreer after the 2012 Games but found a new motivation: her performance in Moscow was good enough to get the bronze in a convincing way.

It was a kind of surprise that Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong missed one of her dives. But she did it and that explained why the bronze medallist of the London Games finished the competition at an unusually low position (fifth).