London 2012 Diving
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.
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