FINA Diving World Cup
In 2014, the international diving elite will gather for the 19th edition of the FINA Diving World Cup, taking place from July 15-20 in Shanghai (CHN).
The first edition of the World Cup was held in 1979 with only two events on the programme for both men and women: 3m springboard and 10m platform. Since 2000, the event is held every 4 years and the diving programme was upgraded to include the following events: 1m springboard, 3m springboard individual and synchro, 10m platform individual and synchro.
London 2012, Day 6: Bo Qiu and synchro duo Zi He and Minxia Wu complete China's golden sweep
China was untouchable at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), claiming all eight titles on offer. The last two finals of this edition saw Chinese great Bo Qiu walking away with one victory in the men's 10m platform (574.90 points) and partners Zi He and Minxia Wu being the obvious winners in the women's 3m springboard synchro (345.30 points).
In the men's 10m platform, the crowd was delighted with eye-opening performances in this event known for featuring spectacular dives. It is in this event that the dives are the most complicated and the marks the highest. The degree of difficulty was of a very high level this season. Two competitors had a combination of a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) - 4.1. It implied a 4.5 Inward somersaults in tucked position, a really unique dive.
London 2012, Day 5: China's Minxia Wu and Zi He finish 1-2 in 3m springboard
Chinese Minxia Wu and Zi He did not disappoint on Day 5 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), delivering a brilliant performance in the women's 3m springboard and respectively bagging gold and silver. Wu emerged triumphant with a top-ranking score of 368.95 while teammate He, equally outstanding, followed not far behind with a total of 365.40 points.Already in the semi-final, the Chinese had a firm lock on the top spots, holding at bay any challenger. Pamela Ware's (CAN) score was the closest (327.60). But the gap between the Canadian diver and all other podium contenders was so slight that any of them could easily reach the third spot. Veteran diver Anna Lindberg (SWE) was fourth at this stage and Italian star Tania Cagnotto only ninth.
London 2012, Day 4: Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan retain title in 10m synchro
The final of the men's 10m platform synchro on the fourth day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) was another Chinese victory, as duo Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan maintained the golden standard with a crushing score of 481.29. Mexico's Ivan Alejandro Garcia/German Sanchez produced a remarkable performance for an overall 460.17 points which earned them the second place. Olympic and World silver medallists Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein (GER) claimed third spot with 457.41 points. It is the first podium appearance for both Mexico and Germany in this World Cup edition. Local sensation Thomas Daley pairing with Peter Waterfield took seventh, behind David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA), Jenkler Aguirre/Jose Guerra (CUB) and Illya Zakharov/Victor Minibaev (RUS).
As a result, Mexico, USA, Cuba and Russia secured their qualification in the event for the 2012 London Olympic Games. China, Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain already got their Olympic ticket at the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN).
London 2012, Day 3: Double gold keeps Chinese diving streak alive
China extended its unbeaten streak at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) on February 22 when Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform synchro with Hao Wang, for a total score of 359.58. Already stunning in the individual same event, the Chinese great stole the show again in the synchro event in what was an expected victory. Canadian pair Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion beat home Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch (GBR) for silver. The Canadians improved their bronze medal finish from two years in Changzhou (CHN), totalling 331.65 points while the duo from the host country confirmed their place among the world's best with an overall 314.40.
Canada, Germany, Ukraine and Malaysia join China, Australia, Mexico and Great Britain in the list of participants for the diving's Olympic final at the 2012 London Games.
London 2012, Day 2: Ruolin Chen (CHN) sweeps 10m platform
Day 2 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup saw a record 59 participants taking part in the men's 3m springboard preliminary which lasted four hours. The biggest problem in such situation is to remain focused till the end of the competition. In general, all favourites are able to do this – except one this time: Russia's World silver and bronze medallist (in 3m synchro and individual) Eugeny Kuznetsov made a terrible mistake in his twist dive in the middle of the programme – 2.5 Forward with 3 twists. His poor performance cost him precious spots, dropping him to 39th place. His last three rounds were devoted to efforts to rise higher in the standings. Kuznetsov eventually succeeded to finish in 20th position but this wasn’t enough to join the semi final.
The event ended with the two Olympic champions Kai Qin and Chong He from China taking first and second, respectively. Jack Laugher (GBR), fifth, looked like the only newcomer among the first eight but fully deserves to be “in the club” following his remarkable performance.
London 2012, Day 1: Qin Kai/Luo Yutong (CHN) win 3m synchro
The newly built Olympic Aquatics Centre provided the backdrop to spectacular performances on the first day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London. According to ex-Russian and now Great Britain national coach Alexey Evangulov, the pool is ready since November but none of the British divers had a possibility to practice here till February. The host team entered the pool just two days before the competition – like all other World Cup participants.
Let's remind that the other four places are reserved already by the host country (Great Britain) and the three medallist teams from the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (China, Russia and Mexico). So there are two important stages in this event: first, to join the final group of 12 participants, and second, to get the ticket to the Olympics.
Changzhou 2010: Australia's Matthew Mitcham takes men's 10m platform title on last day
Just like a replay of the Beijing Olympics, Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham enjoyed his "lucky day" by winning the men's 10m platform and was the one who stopped China's medal clean-sweep on the last day of the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup.
China won seven out of the eight titles on offer at the World Cup (apart from the inaugural "Team Event" which was taken by the Americans).
Changzhou 2010, Day 5: First-time winner He Zi in the women's 3m springboard
China's He Zi scored her first world title in the women's 3m springboard on day 5 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China, while Olympic champion and teammate Wu Minxia missed what would have been her third World Cup title in a row. He, world champion in the 1m springboard event in 2007, led the final all the way to the end, conquering her first world title with a total of 395.55 points.
Changzhou 2010, Day 4: Chinese supremacy remains unchallenged
Despite knees injuries, Olympic champion He Chong retained the men's 3m springboard title while the pair Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao secured the gold in the women's 10m platform on day 4 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. He, who claimed his first world title by winning the 3m springboard at the 2008 World Cup before he collected the Olympic trophy, has been suffering knees injuries for years.
Changzhou 2010, Day 2: Chinese divers "untouchable"
China's Olympic champion Qin Kai and new partner Luo Yutong won the men's 3m springboard synchro event on the second day (June 3, 2010) of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. The pair Qin/Luo took the lead after their second dive and never looked back for the remaining of their four dives, winning with a total of 460.62 points. This is Qin's second synchro gold medal at the World Cup as he wrapped up the title together with Wang Feng in 2008 before they became Olympic champions in Beijing.
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