Final countdown in Kazan (RUS)
Things are getting ready in Kazan (RUS) to welcome the participants for the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, taking place on August 8-10, 2014.
One year after the successful staging of this new FINA discipline at the World Championships in Barcelona (ESP), a temporary tower is near completion on the Kazanka River, which will be used for the 2015 FINA World Championships in the capital of Tatarstan, as well.
The depth of the Kazanka River in the diving area was deepened especially for the event. The depth of the 15x15m landing area now reaches 8 metres. Temporary stands with a seating capacity of 1,000 people were installed at the venue. Citizens of Kazan will also be able to watch the high diving action from the city embankment. In Russia the high diving action will be streamed live on Rossiya 2 Channel with reruns being shown on Sport TV Channel.
The amazing Kremlin will be the athletes' background in Kazan
Two-time Olympic diving champion Dmitry Sautin (RUS), who recently visited Kazan and hosted a masterclass for trainees of Kazan’s sports schools, was asked about the favourites and mentioned Gary Hunt (GBR).
“It’s a diver that started doing shows and he has been doing it for several years now. Top athletes in this sport will gather in Kazan, and this is the most intriguing thing”, Sautin said.
A total 34 divers, 25 men and nine women, coming from 15 nations - Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxemburg, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA - will take part in the event, ready for eye-opening performances!
Everything is getting ready to welcome divers and spectators
Top qualifiers include world champions Orlando Duque (COL) and Cesilie Carlton (USA), and all medallists from Barcelona: Gary Hunt (GBR), current leader of the Red Bull World Series, Jonathan Paredes (MEX), Ginger Huber (USA) and Anna Bader (GER). All will be chasing their first World Cup title in Kazan.