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DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 1: China and Mexico share gold in synchro events

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas were the home heroes on the first day of the sixth and final leg of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Guadalajara (MEX) on May 24-26. The Mexican pair won the gold in the men's 3m springboard synchro event, totalling 455.31. Their success was mostly due to the choice of the Degree of Difficulty (DD) of their combinations - the highest of the session - and to the fine execution of their dives. One week ago, in the same venue, they were also first, after bronze medals in previous meets in Beijing, Dubai and Moscow.

China finished second with He Chao and Li Shixin, adding 444.09. The bronze medal went to Nicholas Robinson-Baker and Christopher Mears (GBR) with 422.94.

"We have been very regular since the start of the season in January; the results of our work are here! My best birthday gift was the gold medal, I will remember it all my life," said Daniel Islas, who turned 21 on May 24. "We knew the competition would be difficult in the third and fourth dive. When we raised our degree of difficulty (5156B, 3.9), the final got more interesting," considered Yahel Castillo.

The podium in the men's 10m platform synchro: Russia (silver), Mexico (gold) and Cuba (bronze)

Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez (MEX) also won the gold medal in the men's 10m platform synchro with 457.59 points. After the six-dive final, Ivan and German added their second gold medal in this event, also thanks to a high DD of their programme. Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov of Russia were second with 434.43, and Jose Antonio Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB) got the bronze in 416.58.

"We are very pleased to win at home, and to listen to the Mexican national anthem; we feel good physically and have done a good job in training," said German Sánchez. "We both know to be very consistent, as we demonstrated at the London Olympics (silver medal). The progressive increase of DD in our programmes will continue giving good results in the future," added Ivan Garcia.

Among women, He Zi and Wang Han of China dominated the 3m springboard final, winning with 327.00. China has dominated this event in all six legs of this year's World Series, displaying different pairs throughout the circuit: He Zi and Wang Han in Dubai and Guadalajara, plus Tingmao Shi and Wu Minxia in Beijing, Edinburgh and Moscow. "I love to compete in Mexico, for his audience. Each competition is different," confessed He Zi.

Mexico's Paola Espinosa and Dolores Hernandez won the silver medal with 313.20 points. Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong, from Malaysia, got the minor medal in 305.70 points.

With this result, Paola Espinosa reappeared in the pool. She had not competed since London 2012 to recover from a knee operation. Now, Paola Espinosa begins a new stage in the 3m springboard, leaving aside the platform for some time. Dolores Hernandez is a junior diver (16 years old) with a great future, having won medals at the FINA Grand Prix already.

"It was a great work of my coach Ma Jin, as we only had eight workouts together. I wanted to compete in Mexico, I no longer remember injuries and I'm ready to go!" considered Paola Espinosa.

Zi He/Han Wang (CHN) in action in the women's 3m springboard synchro

China conquered six crowns also in the 10m platform synchro, after the victory of Si Yajie and Liu Huixia with 335.16. Great Britain, with Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, got the silver with 317.10 and Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee of Malaysia the bronze with 311.46.

Liu Huixia and Si Yajie dominated the meets in Edinburgh, Moscow, and the two events in Guadalajara, while the winning pair in Beijing and Dubai was Ruolin Chen and Liu Huixia.