DWS 2014, Windsor Day 2: China's He Chong wins men's 3m
China's He Chong won his 12th gold medal in Diving World Series history defeating Great Britain's Jack Laugher by 17.55 points. Only his first dive was ranked the best of the round, while Laugher's second and fifth dives were the best of each of those rounds. He's 3.4 point lead in the first round and his overall consistency in the remaining five dives kept him in the lead throughout the entire competition. His lead after three dives was 13.25 points and he went on to score a total of 521.85 points after six dives.
The Chinese diver announced: "I'm very happy with today's result. My body is not as strong as before, my physique is declining. My knees have been giving me problems because I am aging and because the difficulty of the dives is increasing."
The Chinese diver had made the podium in 16 straight World Series events, before missing the final in Moscow earlier this month. That was his first appearance without a medal since finishing fourth in Tijuana in 2008. His dozen of gold medals are the most for any diver in this discipline but in terms of total medals, another Chinese diver, Qin Kai, leads him by three.
Great Britain's Jack Laugher earned his first silver medal at the World Series scoring 504.30 points.
The British diver said: "I haven't felt as good as I did in the last two competitions, but my coach and I wanted to push for a score above 500 points."
Laugher became the first medallist from Great Britain in individual 3m springboard events in World Series competition when he took bronze in Moscow in early May. The British diver earned his fourth medal this month in World Series competition. Laugher ranks sixth-most in World Series medals for a British male.
Ukraine's Illya Kvasha finished 5.80 points behind Laugher in Windsor earning a bronze medal. His fourth dive (109C) won that round contributing 91.20 points to the 498.50 points he scored today.
The Ukrainian said: "Everyone was diving so well and I tried my best. When I arrived in Windsor my first practices were very bad. Just today I started to feel strong."
Kvasha was second in Moscow earlier this month and he has reached the podium four times in 2014, the most of all divers alongside China's He Chong. He collected a bronze medal in the same event in Beijing and Dubai. Throughout his World Series career, Kvasha regularly earned another podium finish after getting a medal in the previous event. Kvasha's bronze today is his 18th World Series medal (3 gold, 6 silver, 9 bronze), equaling Russia's Victor Minibaev for fourth-most for a non-Chinese diver. This is his sixth medal in the 3m springboard, compared to 12 earned in synchro springboard competition.
Ukraine's Illya Kvasha performs in the men's 3m springboard - credit: Vaughn Ridley
Germany's Patrick Hausding finished in fourth place amassing 449.35 points and an improvement over two fifth places he notched in the Beijing and Moscow individual springboard finals earlier this season.
Japan's Sho Sakai placed fifth with a tally of 439.00 points. A first-time finalist, Sakai is the second Japanese finalist ever at FINA Diving World Series, after Ken Terauchi, who claimed three fourth-place finishes in 2007.
Troy Dumais is the only American diver with World Series podium finishes. He was tied for fourth place after his fourth dive but his fifth dive scored only 2.0 from each judge as it was determined that he was too close to the board on his entry. This is his first appearance in 2014 in the 3m springboard event.
Shi Tingmao (CHN) wins tenth medal in women's 3m
Shi Tingmao won her 10th World Series medal in the women's 3m springboard. Shi becomes the 22nd woman and the 10th from China in double digits. Her bounty included 9 of them gold and one silver.
This is Shi's first appearance in 2014. It is the third time at World Series, after claiming silver in Edinburgh and gold in Moscow, both in 2013. The 398.45 points Shi scored today is the third highest score at World Series in this event. She trails two Chinese athletes: 413.60 by Guo Jingjing from Nanjing 2007 and 402.30 by Wu Minxia in Beijing 2011.
At her press conference, the 22-year-old Shi said: "I think this was my best individual performance but I believe that they are a few things that I can improve on. I need to practice my start and also to find a way to increase my height, and also to work on a few technical matters."
Teammate Wang Han finished 13.40 points back, but she becomes the first Chinese woman with four silver medals in a single season across all disciplines. In World Series events, Wang received four medals this year; she struck gold at Beijing's Water Cube and earned silver medals in Dubai, London and Moscow. No Chinese woman has ever claimed more silver medals in a single season.
After three sessions of diving today Wang she confirmed: "All of us are very tired, but it's hardest in the last moments of the competition. When I go home to Hebei I want to practice and work harder on my technique."
Wang, 23, spoke about her goals at the press conference: "Everyone wants to be the best. but there is only one gold medal and it's also not possible to win every time."
Bronze medallist Jennifer Abel kept alive her home country's objective of winning a medal in each of the women's events at Windsor's first-ever World Series. According to Abel: "It's always my goal to be at the top of the podium. Today all five of my dives were very good and I felt in control."
"Now that Windsor is one of the stops on the World Series we will always want to dive well at home. I know that I have some work to do on some of my dives. But we have seen a lot of improvement just this year," added the Canadian bronze medallist.
Canadian Pamela Ware placed fifth in the women's 3m springboard - credit: Vaughn Ridley
Abel has won 8 World Series medals, three silver and 4 bronze in this event, only three women have more: He Zi (CHN, 25), Wu Minxia (CHN, 12) and Tania Cagnotto (ITA, 10). The 22-year-old Abel scored 356.15 points today for her second medal of the competition.
Italy's Tania Cagnotto has occupied third place every other time in the last nine World Series in this event. According to this rhythm, Cagnotto could finish anywhere except in third place, and today her score of 344.5 landed her in fourth place and off the podium.
In the previous World Series meeting in Moscow, Jun Hoong Cheong became the first ever Malaysian finalist in women’s 3m springboard. Just as in Moscow, Cheong finished in sixth place, her score today was 318.40 points.