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DWS 2013 – Guadalajara #2 Day 3: Qiu Bo and Si Yajie, from China, conclude with gold

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Qiu Bo and Si Yajie, from China, were the last winners of this year’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series, getting the gold in the 10m platform for men and women respectively, in the final day of the sixth leg of the circuit, held in Guadalajara (MEX) on May 24-26. Their performances were witnessed by more than 5000 spectators in the Pan American Aquatics Complex.

After getting the silver at the 2012 Olympics, Qiu Bo made a successful comeback in Mexico, overcame his injuries, and managed to execute a perfect 626B dive (armstand backward triple somersault, pike – DD 3.5), getting 10s from all the judges for a total of 105.00. Some minutes later, on a 109B (forward 4 ½ somersault, pike – DD 4.1), he also impressed the judges, getting marks from 9.0 to 10, and a result of 112.75. In the end, he finished 80 points ahead his main challengers, accumulating 572.20.

"I am satisfied with my work. In the semifinal, I had problems, but in the end I made an adjustment and I got a good result. I hope to have an even better participation in other competitions," said Qiu Bo.

The fight for the minor medals was contested between the two Mexican divers – German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia. Sanchez was more regular during the final, and got the silver in 492.00, while Garcia was able to benefit from a last dive with a higher DD (3.8) to finally grab the bronze in 472.95.

 "Our medals at the World Series show us that we are on track; we now have to work for the national selection and qualify for the World Championships in Barcelona," confessed German Sanchez.

His teammate Ivan Garcia was also naturally satisfied: "I'm happy to compete in a pool full of people, I am very proud to compete in Guadalajara! There are days when the dives simply don’t happen; today, I hadn’t the best competition, but I'm sure I can improve a lot".
 
In the women's field, Si Yajie (CHN) controlled the final since the first dive and won the gold medal with 400.75 points. Alejandra Orozco, from Mexico, was second in 384.65 and Tonia Couch (GBR) got the bronze with 336.20.
 
Alejandra Orozco received her first "10" in an individual event (for her 407C combination) and showed that despite her 16 years old, she has a bright future in the 10m platform. "I still do mistakes that need to be corrected. After receiving my first 10, I just thought on my next dive, the competition was far from being finished. We must go step by step," Orozco confessed.