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DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 2: China's Zi He and Mexico's Yahel Castillo win 3m springboard

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Mexico and China bagged more gold medals on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Guadalajara with Zi He (CHN) and Yahel Castillo (MEX) taking out the women's and men's 3m springboard, respectively.  For Mexico, this is the first time in their history that they pocket three titles in one edition of the Series (plus one silver).
 

Zi He (CHN) collected her fourth title of the 2013 season, remaining unbeaten and winning with a total 376.10 points. Laura Sanchez (MEX) won the silver medal with 371.40 and Jennifer Abel (CAN), bronze in 370.05.


"I felt a very high level of competition, we were all very close" said Zi He. "The same thing can happen in the World Championships in Barcelona," she said.

In the final of the men's 3m springboard, Yahel Castillo (MEX), who showed confidence, good technique and a high degree of difficulty, had a great competition from start to finish, and won the gold medal with 490.20 points. Chinese divers were not far behind, with Shixin Li and Chao He, silver and bronze medallists, with a total 483.45 and 460.20 points, respectively.


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Women's 3m springboard podium - credit: Hector Vivas

 

In the final of the men's 3m springboard, Yahel Castillo (MEX), who showed confidence, good technique and a high degree of difficulty, had a great competition from start to finish, and won the gold medal with 490.20 points. Chinese divers were not far behind, with Shixin Li and Chao He, silver and bronze medallists, with a total 483.45 and 460.20 points, respectively.

This is Castillo's second gold medal at home at this meet. On day 1, Castillo won the men's 3m springboard synchro gold with teammate Daniel Islas.

Post-event, Yahel Castillo said that getting two titles at the World Series was one of the most significant victories of his career and a great start for the new Olympic cycle.

"I'm happy to win in Guadalajara with the people who support the dives, which is a major sport in Mexico," said Castillo.