PR 61 - Great stars at the FINA High Diving World Cup
Kazan (RUS), August 7, 2014 - The first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup will take place in Kazan (RUS), on August 8-10, 2014 gathering the best world athletes in this exciting discipline. This competition will be the first stand-alone event for FINA in High Diving, after its inclusion in the programme of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP).
34 divers (25 men and 9 women) representing 16 nations will perform in Kazan, including the 2013 world medallists Orlando Duque (COL), Gary Hunt (GBR) and Jonathan Paredes (MEX) among men and Cesilie Carlton (USA), Ginger Huber (USA) and Anna Bader (GER) in the women’s field. Other male athletes to watch are Steven LoBue (USA) and Artem Silchenko (RUS), shining in the 2014 edition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, while Rachelle Simpson (USA) and Tara Hyer-Tira (USA) are also in good shape this season in this circuit.
The three-day competition includes one men’s session (from the 27m platform) on August 8, in which three rounds of dives will be performed. The best 18 ranked divers after this first session will compete on August 10 in the fourth round of dives, while another selection of the best 12 competitors will be made to the fifth and last round also on Sunday. On August 9, the women’s session (from the 20m platform) will comprise three rounds of dives.
The complete list of countries present in Kazan includes the following National Federations: Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and United States.
The inaugural edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup will also distribute prize money to all participants, with the highest amounts naturally going to the medallists: respectively US$ 10,000, US$ 9,000 and US$ 8,000 for gold, silver and bronze. Live results and TV live streaming of the competition will be available on the FINA website.
The city of Kazan will also host of the 2015 FINA World Championships, where High Diving is one of the Aquatic disciplines on the programme, along with Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming.