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DWS 2014, Dubai day 2: China dominates in 3m springboard

Diving World Series

The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series leg in Dubai (UAE) confirmed the Chinese dominance in the 3m springboard, where the gold and silver medals both in the men’s and women’s events went to the best athletes of the Asian delegation.

It all started with the women’s final, where He Zi, the winner in 382.10, and Wang Han, the silver medallist in 362.45 entirely dominated the five-dive decisive round. With this result, He set a new record of 17 World Series victories in one individual discipline. For China, the gold and silver in the same event is the country’s 64th multi-medal effort in World Series history. No other country has achieved this even once.

The bronze went to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto with 357.85 points. Cagnotto has now won nine World Series medals in 3m springboard, third among all divers behind He (23) and Wu Minxia (CHN, 12).

“No matter who is first or second, the most important is that China won”, considered He Zi in the end of her effort.

He Zi (CHN) in action

Cagnotto was satisfied with her performance, and underlined the difficulty of diving well throughout the series: “As we travel so much, it is hard to maintain the shape and the concentration. This year, I also have the European Championships in August. My ultimate goal are the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio”, she said.

In the men’s final, things weren’t much different. He Chong (gold) and Cao Yuan (silver) largely dominated the field, totalling 535.80 and 522.95 respectively. He Chong’s final score is the eighth-best in 3m springboard World Series history. He and Qin Kai (CHN) have set the seven highest points results, with He keeping the record of 556.55 from Nanjing in 2007. Moreover, He obtains his 10th win in the 3m springboard, being the 12th diver in World Series history (all Chinese) with 10 or more wins in any event. He claims his second Beijing-Dubai double, after 2012. For Cao, this was his third medal in as many events in Dubai, after gold in the synchro platform and silver in the synchro springboard (both with Lin Yue). Cao also grabbed three medals in Beijing last week, during the first meet of the Series.

The podium of the men's 3m springboard: Cao (CHN, 2nd), He (CHN, 1st) and Kvasha (UKR, 3rd)

“For a diver that is just practicing 3m springboard for less than a month, I think the silver medal was a pretty nice achievement”, note Cao after the medals’ ceremony. 

The bronze medal went to Illya Kvasha, from Ukraine, in 469.40 points. "It wasn’t my best performance today, but I still finished with a bronze medal. I think I have now the experience to compete against the Chinese divers and will try to do better next time", confessed Kvasha.