DWS 2010 - Qingdao (CHN), Day 2
On the second day of competition (March 28), Bo Qiu of China clinched the gold medal in the men's 10m platform event. Qiu was behind German Sascha Klein after the first two rounds but eventually found his way back to track before winning the event with a total of 588.2 points. Compatriot Luxin Zhou was second while Klein finished in third place.
Chinese Olympic champions Ruolin Chen and teammate Hao Wang were crowned in the women's 10m platform synchro event, totaling 330.00 points. Anabelle Smith and Briony Cole from Australia won the silver medal with 325.32 points and Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took bronze.
The Chinese diving pair got 36.60 points only, the lowest score of the first round, and was trailing behind the Australian pair by 4.92 points until the last round.
But Chen and Wang made a 5253B dive (Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists, Pike) with a degree of difficulty of 3.2 and scored the highest mark, 84.48 points, in the last round to edge past the Australians by 9.6 points before securing the gold.
Dmitry Sautin, the Russian diving icon, reaped a silver medal with his partner Yuri Kunakov in the men's 3m springboard synchro event. Chinese pair Kai Qin and Xinhua Zhang were crowned with a total of 454.56 points. Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding from Germany took the third place.
Sautin commented the event in a press conference: "I am satisfied with our performance and I will continue to strive in the increasingly tense competitions." Starting diving at seven, the 36-year-old Russian diver has already won eight Olympic medals.
World champion Zi He won the gold in the 3m springboard with a total of 389.55 points. He, who qualified for the finals holding the first place in the semi-finals, established her lead from the very beginning. The 20-year-old diver collected 307.05 points after four dives and built up a lead of 40.95 points over the second placer. He chose a diving code of 5152B (Forward 2 ½ Somersault 1 Twist, Pike) and got the highest score, 82.50, to secure the gold. Australian Sharleen Stratton collected 323.40 points to clinch the silver medal while Cassidy Krug from the United States took the third place.
All in all, China got seven out of eight gold medals at the two-day event, with the Russian pair Svetlana Filippova and Anastasia Pozdniakova taking the only remaining gold in the 3m springboard synchro event.