DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 2: Hausding (GER) wins first individual gold in 3m springboard
On Day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Monterrey, Patrick Hausding (GER) claimed his first individual World Series gold medal, taking out the men's 3m springboard and beating by only 3.55 points reigning World champion He Chong from China.
Hausding kept the lead all the way throughout the final, performing brilliantly all of his six dives: a good height, vertical and clean entry in the water, he controlled his dives, which were of a high degree of difficulty. In the fifth round, he received 100.70 points for his Forward 4.5 Somersaults, tucked (109C).
Patrick Hausding won the gold medal with 522.25 points. He Chong had to settle for the silver, scoring 518.70 points. Great Britain's Jack Lauger won the bronze with a total 504.65.
He Chong is the overall Series winner in the men's 3m springboard, totalling 93 points.
Hausding said: "It is my first gold medal at World Series, it has been a great year, the best result I've had and I'm very happy to compete with He Chong, a great diver."
He added: "This event gathers the best divers in the world, I'm happy to compete and be at the highest level. Now that I've won this medal, I'm even more excited to go to the World Cup in Shanghai next month!"
Patrick Hausding (GER) performing in the men's 3m springboard - credit: Christian Palma
A fierce battle also played out in the women's 3m springboard final with Shi Tingmao of China eventually emerging victorious with 369.90 points. Local hero Laura Sanchez followed very closely, taking second place with 362.40. Jennifer Abel of Canada completed the podium with a total 351.55 points.
Laura Sanchez, who claimed her second medal in Monterrey, credited the support of the public in the stands, saying that "I'm happy with the score, it was a good Series overall for me, and this result motivates me to continue working ahead of the World Cup in Shanghai."
Women's 3m springboard podium - credit: Christian Palma
Italian Tania Cagnotto is the overall winner of the women's 3m springboard, scoring 66 points.