PR 25 - DIVING WORLD SERIES 2014: China confirms supremacy in Dubai (UAE)
Lausanne (SUI), March 22, 2014 – With six gold medals out of eight finals, China confirmed its supremacy in the second leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, held in Dubai (UAE) on March 20-22, 2014. The only non-Chinese victories went to Stephan Feck/Patrick Hausding (GER) in the men's 3m springboard synchro, and to Victor Minibaev, from Russia, in the men's 10m platform.
The latter was probably the most thrilling final of the three-day competition in Dubai, with Minibaev taking the maximum advantage of Qiu Bo's (CHN) huge mistake in the fifth dive. The Russian's win is only the third victory of a non-Chinese diver in this event in the history of the World Series. Tom Daley (GBR) had triumphed twice in the past, but in the absence of competitors from China. The British star (bronze medallist in the first leg of 2014 in Beijing) was fourth this time in Dubai, behind 2012 Olympic champion David Boudia (USA). The second gold escaping to China was in the men's 3m springboard synchro, with Germany's Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding beating their Asian challengers by almost 9 points. At home, in Beijing, China had also lost this title, but for Russia. In the remaining men's events, no surprises, with the gold and silver going to China in the 3m individual (He Chong was again the winner, after his success in Beijing), while Illya Kvasha (UKR) also maintained his third position from the first leg of the series. Finally, in the 10m platform synchro, Dubai replicated Beijing's podium, with China, Germany and Great Britain getting the medals.
In the women's field, the China domination was complete at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, with gold in the individual events (in the lower board, China also got the silver) and comfortable wins in the synchronised 3m springboard and 10m platform. Tania Cagnotto, from Italy, got her first 2014 World Series medals, with bronze in the 3m, both individual and synchro, while Roseline Filion, from Canada, was also very consistent in the 10m platform (third place in individual and synchro). Malaysia (Pandelela Rinong Pamg got two silver in 10m) and Mexico completed the list of countries with podium presences in the women's events.
MEDALLISTS IN DUBAI
3m springboard: 1. Chong He (CHN) 535.80; 2. Yuan Cao (CHN) 522.95; 3. Illya Kvasha (UKR) 469.40
10m platform: 1. Victor Minibaev (RUS) 537.05; 2. Bo Qiu (CHN) 530.90; 3. David Boudia (USA) 528.30
3m synchro: 1. Stephan Feck/Patrick Hausding (GER) 432.12; 2. Yuan Cao/Yue Lin (CHN) 423.93; 3. Illya Kvasha/Oleksandr Gorshkovozov (UKR) 416.70
10m synchro: 1. Yuan Cao/Yue Lin (CHN) 475.32; 2. Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein (GER) 437.76; Daniel Goodfellow/Matthew Lee (GBR) 380.52
3m springboard: 1. Zi He (CHN) 382.10; 2. Han Wang (CHN) 362.45; 3. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 357.85
10m platform: 1. Huixia Liu (CHN) 400.70; 2. Pandelela Rinong Pamg (MAS) 358.75; 3. Roseline Filion (CAN) 355.20
3m synchro: 1. Tingmao Shi/Minxia Wu (CHN) 335.40; 2. Arantxa Chavez/Laura Sanchez (MEX) 286.50; 3. Tania Cagnotto/Francesca Dallape (ITA) 279.30
10m synchro: 1. Ruolin Chen/Huixia Liu (CHN) 337.56; 2. Pandelela Rinong Pamg/Mun Yee Leong (MAS) 314.64; 3. Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion (CAN) 309.09
FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 Calendar
March 14-16, Beijing (CHN)
March 20-22, Dubai (UAE)
April 25-27, London (GBR)
May 2-4, Moscow (RUS)
May 30 - June 1, Windsor (CAN)
June 6-8, Monterrey (MEX)