Shanghai 2014, Day 3: China extends unbeaten streak in synchro events
Olympic and world champion Chen Ruolin obtained one more title for a total tally of 20, counting also five victories in-a-row, in the women's 10m platform synchro. Chen won the event with world championships team-mate Liu Huixia on Day 3 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai.
Chen / Liu performed brillantly from dive number 1, keeping the rest of the field at bay, and smiled at last with a winning total 357.66. Malaysia's Leong Mun Yee / Cheong Jun Hoong took silver with a total score of 336.66, edging Canadians Meaghan Benfeito / Roseline Filion, who settled for third with 335.25. Rachel Bugg / Melissa Wu of Australia were the fourth best with 331.44 points.
Chen, four-time Olympic champion, has combined with four different partners in the 10m synchro since 2007, including Jia Tong, Wang Xin, Wang Hao and Liu Huixia.
"I need to think about my partner and try my best to cooperate with her when we work as a pair in the synchro event. Liu is the easiest one to team up because she is a more capable diver," said 21-year-old Chen.
"I try my best in every competition. I really hope my career goes beyong the 2016 Rio Olympics," Chen said.
Chen revealed she will not compete in the individual 10m platform because of an injury. "I had injuries and took some days off for recovery. So it is good I only compete in synchro and can be a good fan cheering for my team-mates," Chen said, with a smile.
Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia (CHN) on their way to gold in the women's 10m synchro
Liu considers Chen as her idol and feels better in the synchro. "Chen is a role model for me. I was nervous working together with her last year at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. This time I feel better and more relaxed. Our synchronisation has improved," Liu said.
The silver medal was a big surprise for Malaysians Leong / Cheong since they just teamed up before the event. "Cheong's previous partner was injured just before the World Cup. So I replaced her to pair with Cheong. We did not expect to win the silver at all and we just dove as best as we could," Leong said.
In the men's 3m synchro final, Chinese pair Lin Yue / Cao Yuan, 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions in the 10m synchro, respectively, celebrated their first 3m synchro victory in Shanghai, winning in a grueling 461.31.
The platform experts placed 11th after their first dive (101B), earning 46.20, and returned to fourth spot after their second dive. They took the lead after round 3 and kept first spot till the end to secure their win.
Germany's Stephen Feck / Patrick Hausding came second with a total 431.40, while Russians Evgenii Kuznestsov / Ilia Zakharov, 2012 Olympic silver medallists, completed the podium with 431.34 points.
Cao Yuan / Lin Yue performing in the men's 3m springboard in Shanghai
"I had a poor run in major competitions since 2009 and I want to say 'thank you' to those who have always supported me," said Lin, who failed to make the final in the 10m platform at the 2013 Barcelona Worlds.
Hausding, who finished second in the 10m platform synchro on Day 2, was happy with his second silver medal.
"The Chinese divers are very competitive. We did a good job, and we are happy to win the second medal today," he said.