FINA World Junior Diving Championships
FINA World Junior Diving Championships are held every two years, bringing together young prospects from the strongest nations in the sport to compete at world level.
The six-day competition is divided into two age groups (A and B). Group A is for divers from 16 to 18 and Group B for divers from 14 to 15 years old. There are 14 events on the programme: 1m springboard, 3m springboard and 10m platform for A and B as well as a 3m springboard synchro event mixing A and B.
Firstly held in 1977, the event welcomes about 200 divers from 30 countries at each edition. The 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships were organised in Penza (RUS) from September 9-14, 2014.
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform
The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.
In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another favourite of the championship, Song Anxin from China (404.30) and Christina Wassen from Germany (400.40).
The podium of the Girls B 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australia
The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25.
“I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.
Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 4: Colombia and Japan collect gold
The fourth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) saw new champions coming from Colombia and Japan, the seventh silver for Russia and one more gold for China. Alejandro Arias Munoz from Colombia emerged victorious in the Boys A 1m springboard with a total score of 531.20, leaving his runner-up more than 20 points behind.
As for the silver medal, there were four contenders for the “vice champion title”. Kacper Jakub Lesiak, from Poland, was in second position until the last attempt: then, a mistake ruined his hopes of medal and he ended up being only fifth (498.40). German Timo Barthel overtook Lesiak but didn’t manage to get on the podium, losing by just 5.60 points to Chinese Huang Bowen. The winner of the 3m springboard final captured the bronze this time earning 510.30. Silver went to Mexican Diego Rodrigo, whose advantage over Bowen was only 0.95 points.
Action in Penza - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 3: Second gold for Wu (CHN), Larsen wins for Denmark
On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.
But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.
The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 2: China 2 – Mexico 1
The second day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) confirmed the Chinese supremacy in the girls’ springboard events. China claimed two victories and one bronze medal. Mexican divers showed perfect partnership in the boys’ 3m synchro springboard.
It all started with the Girls A (16-18 years old) final in the 1 m springboard, where Wu Chunting won the gold with a total score of 421.30. In fact, Australian Maddison Keeney was the overwhelming favourite coming from the preliminaries and until the last dive. She executed a very difficult programme, composed from “men” dives. None of her challengers presented such a high level. But Keeney didn’t manage to control the pressure: she missed her fourth attempt and moved to the third place, totaling 415 points. After that decisive mistake, Maddison left the pool in tears. At the award ceremony, she was very quiet and unemotional.
The diving pool in Penza (RUS) - Photo credit: Vladimir Pavlovskiy
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 1: First gold goes to China and USA
The Penza’s sport complex "Burtasy" (which means tribe/population that lived on the right bank of the river Volga), where the 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships have started today, will be one of the major spots on the city map until the end of the week. A huge screen 4x6 m has been constructed near the entrance of the venue so that everyone can take a look at what is going on in the pool: life broadcasting with comments is expected. A penguin mascot is walking around the arena and inside it, along the tribunes to cheer up the participants and to become a part of a "selfie" so popular nowadays among children and teenagers: young sportsmen of the local diving sports schools are the best fans. And the most outstanding Penza athletes in the field - Olympic champions Irina Kalinina and Yulia Pakhalina - were the guests at the opening ceremony.
Huang Bowen (CHN) - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
World’s best young talents step up in Tucson (USA)
The world will be introduced to some of the next generation of diving greats at the 18th edition of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, taking place from September 1-6, 2010, in Tucson, Ari. (USA).
Some 180 divers, with a slightly higher number of female competitors, coming from 29 countries, will either make their debut or re-affirm their place among the world’s best on the boards of the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center – Kasser Family Pool, University of Arizona.
Boys and girls compete in both “A” (born 1990/1991/1992) and “B” (born 1993/1994) age groups. This competition, organised in even years, comprises 14 events: 1m, 3m springboard and 10m platform for A and B as well as a 3m springboard synchro event mixing A and B.
Diving Juniors, 2010: China’s young guns dominate in Tucson (USA)
The 18th edition of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships concluded on September 6, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona (USA). The six-day successful event gathered more than 180 young talents from 29 countries.
In this edition, China’s divers dominated the operations once again, sweeping six out of the 14 gold at stake and collecting 18 medals in all. The United States took the second rank on the medal chart, with 3 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze. Mexico did also a very good job, with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Other nations to medal at the Championships were Great Britain, Japan, Russia (only one gold!), Australia, Ukraine and Canada.