DWS 2014, London Day 3: China seals all gold medals
China confirmed their position as the best diving nation with victory in the men’s and women’s 10m platform events on the final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
With Qiu Bo not entered into the London leg it was down to World Series debutant Yang Jian to claim the gold in the men’s 10m platform event.
He stunned the packed London crowd with a performance that earned him a world class 616.50 points.
China’s Yang impressed throughout the final but it was his final dive that showed his calibre. He scored five tens for his Front 4.5 Somersaults piked which gave him a total of 123.00 points.
“Today I did a very good job,” Yang said. “I have a future plan for competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games too.”
Yang’s team-mate Chen Aisen won the silver medal with a total score of 553.25. He pulled himself back after dropping marks for his Inward 4.5 Somersaults tucked.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondar showcased his world class diving to take bronze with an overall total of 549.55 points.
The women’s 10m platform final saw Chen Ruolin of China return to Diving World Series action for the first time in 2014 and although she had a slightly shaky start she returned to the top of the podium.
Chen found herself in second place as the event moved into the penultimate round and she overtook her team-mate Liu Huixia after performing her Back 3.5 Somersaults tucked.
Chen finished the final with a score of 400.55 points while Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito won silver after scoring 394.75.
“I'm very pleased with that final. I didn't expect to dive that well,” Benfeito said. “I know I'm capable of diving well but to be at 394 points is massive for me and I'm very proud of myself.
"The first two World Series this year were quite hard but I was able to go back home and train properly for a bit and I've come back on top today."
"The Chinese are always good, no matter who is competing. But they're beatable and just like anyone else, they can make mistakes like we saw today. To be able to say I beat one of them here at the World Series is great and to be getting so close to the Olympic champions is even better."
The bronze went to Pandelela Rinong Pamg (MAS) after scoring 380.70.
(Courtesy of Gemma Field, Senior Communications Officer at British Swimming)