DWS 2014 - Beijing Day 1 Preview
The eighth season of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series will start on Friday, 14 March, as Beijing's Water Cube venue will welcome the world's best divers. For the second year in a row, the Series will consist of six meetings with Dubai (20-22 March), London (25-27 April), Moscow (2-4 May), Windsor (30 May-1 June) and Monterrey (6-8 June) also appointed hosts. Beijing also hosted the season opener last season and joins Sheffield as the only venues to have hosted four World Series meetings. Later this season, Moscow will also host its fourth meeting.
China has been the dominant force at the Diving World Series, winning 186 out of a possible 216 events that have been staged since the competition was launched in 2007. Mexico is next on 12 gold medals at the World Series. The most successful individual is Chen Ruolin (CHN), who has pocketed 36 gold medals. She leads the list from He Zi (CHN, 33 gold medals) and Qin Kai (CHN, 32). China have won 54 of a possible 56 gold medals in World Series meeting held in China.
In the last three years China have won all gold medals at World Series events held in China. The last time China failed to win World Series event on home soil was in 2010, when Russia won the Women's 3m Synchro event. The only other World Series event in China that China failed to win was the 2009 Women's 3m springboard event that was won by Australia's Sharleen Stratton in Changzhou.
Preview Diving Women's 10m Platform Synchro
• From the 27 times this event has been staged at the World Series, a partnership from China has emerged victorious on 26 occasions.
• The only exception to the Chinese domination was the victory by Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN)/Emilie Heymans (CAN) in Sheffield on 25 May, 2008. Remarkably, this partnership failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, whilst Heymans did win a silver medal in the individual event.
• Chen Ruolin (CHN) has ruled this event at the World Series, winning a gold medal in 20 of 27 meetings. She achieved 11 of her 19 triumphs partnering Wang Hao (CHN).
• Chen's most recent win came in Dubai on 21 March 2013, partnering Li Huixia (CHN). After that, Li joined forces with Si Yajie (CHN) and this partnership has won this event at each of the four most recent World Series meetings.
• Chen participates together with Liu Huixia (CHN) on Friday. If they win, Chen equals Qin Kai (CHN), who won the men's 3m springboard synchro a record 21 times, as divers with most World Series wins in a specific event.
• Chen won this event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, partnering Wang Xin.
Preview Diving Men's 10m Platform Synchro
• China has won this event 17 out of 27 times it has been staged at the World Series.
• However, at the last two World Series meetings this event has been won by German Sanchez (MEX) and Ivan Garcia (MEX), who claimed both victories before a home crowd in Guadalajara. Both men are Guadalajara natives.
• The last pairing to win this event in at least three consecutive World Series meetings was Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan (CHN), who reeled off five straight victories from 2009 to 2010.
Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan (CHN) have won this event eight times at the World Series and no other partnership has more than three victories. On an individual level Lin Yue (CHN) matches their total of victories, but he has performed the feat partnering different divers.
• Cao and Zhang posted the highest score in this event at the World Series in Beijing in 2011, when they were awarded 502.65 points.
• Cao and Zhang are the Olympic champions from London where they saw off their Mexican rivals Sanchez/Garcia for the gold. The bronze in London went to David Boudia/Nicholas McCrory (USA).
• Boudia/McCrory is the only partnership representing United States to win this event at the World Series. They managed that feat in Tijuana in 2012.
• Cao was only 14 years and 70 days old when he first triumphed in this event at the World Series on 18 April 2009. Only one person won this event at a younger age. On 24 May 2008, Tom Daley (GBR) won this event in Sheffield three days after his 14th birthday. Daley was partnering 25-year-old Blake Aldridge (GBR), who was more than 10 years his elder.
Preview Diving Women's 3m Springboard Synchro
• Of the 27 times this event is held at the World Series, a Chinese duo has won 26 times.
• In March 2010 in Qingdao, Svetlana Filippova/Anastasia Pozdniakova (RUS) were victorious.
• Wu Minxia (CHN) who participates with Shi Tingmao (CHN) has won a record 19 of the 27 World Series meetings.
• Wu has participated in a record 20 World Series in this event, only failing to win in Qingdao in 2010, when she and teammate He Zi (CHN) finished fourth.
• Shi is participating for the fourth time in this event. Her three other participations were all with Wu in 2013 (three wins).
• Wu also participated with He Zi (11 times) and Guo Jingjing (6).
• Wu can win her 20th World Series meeting in this event a feat only achieved by Qin Kai (CHN), who won the men's 3m springboard synchro 21 times and Chen Ruolin (CHN) in the women's 10m platform (20 times). Chen can win her 21st gold in this event earlier on Friday.
• Wu also won the women's springboard four times between 2008 and 2012.
• This is the fourth time a World Series meeting is held in Beijing for this event. On all three previous occasions Wu was part of the winning team.
• The most successful non-Chinese participant in this event is Canada's Jennifer Abel. She has finished on the podium seven times in a World Series meeting in this event, resulting in five second places and two third place finishes.
• Abel partnered with Émilie Heymans (CAN) between 2010 and 2012 and has teamed up with Pamela Ware (CAN) since the 2013 season.
• The Abel/Ware duo claimed bronze at the Dubai meeting and silver at the Guadalajara meeting in 2013.
• Abel is the only participant besides Wu who has been on the podium in this event at least twice in Beijing, claiming silver and bronze in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Preview Diving Men's 3m Springboard Synchro
• The last three World Series meetings in this event have not been won by China. Yahel Castillo/Daniel Islas (MEX) won the last two meetings last season and Illya Kvasha/Oleksiy Prygorov (UKR) won the meeting before that.
• Of these six divers, only Kvasha will participate in this World Series event in Beijing.
• This is the only event in which China have failed to win in three successive World Series meetings.
• Chinese duos have won this event in 21 times at World Series meetings. Only the men's 10m platform synchro has been won less often by China (17 times).
• The 24 podium places collected by China in this event, are also the second fewest by the country. China reached the podium 19 times in the 10m platform synchro event.
• Lin Xue/Xie Siyi (CHN) will participate for China. Lin participates for the first time in a World Series meeting in this event. Previously he participated in the 10m platform and 10m platform synchro. He will also take part in the 10m platform synchro earlier on Friday.
• Lin has won a total of 13 World Series meetings, second most among men. Only Qin Kai (CHN) was victorious more often (32 times).
• Xie will make his World Series debut.
• All three previous World Series in this event in held Beijing were won by China. Only in Sheffield has a country won more often in this event (4 wins for China).