FINA/Midea Diving World Series
The FINA Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual meeting opportunity for the world’s brightest diving stars. Launched in 2007 with three host organisers (Great Britain, China and Mexico), other countries have since joined the club (Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates), definitely adding an international dimension to the event.
The 7th edition in 2014 will consist of six meets: No1 in Beijing (CHN) from March 14-16, No2 in Dubai (UAE) from March 20-22, No3 in London (GBR) from April 25-27, No4 in Moscow (RUS) from May 2-4, No5 in Windsor (CAN) from May 30-June 1, and no6 in Monterrey (MEX) from June 6-8.
The diving programme for men and women includes 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.
This prestigious, exclusive event promotes awareness about which countries are renowned for the sport, while fostering the discipline’s growth in the host nations and other parts of the world. Overall, the Series also aims to increase international exposure to the sport of diving, which has been an Olympic sport for men since 1904 and women since 1912.
DWS 2013 – Guadalajara #2 Day 3: Qiu Bo and Si Yajie, from China, conclude with gold
After getting the silver at the 2012 Olympics, Qiu Bo made a successful comeback in Mexico, overcame his injuries, and managed to execute a perfect 626B dive (armstand backward triple somersault, pike – DD 3.5), getting 10s from all the judges for a total of 105.00. Some minutes later, on a 109B (forward 4 ½ somersault, pike – DD 4.1), he also impressed the judges, getting marks from 9.0 to 10, and a result of 112.75. In the end, he finished 80 points ahead his main challengers, accumulating 572.20.
DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 2: China controls 3m springboard finals
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - China dominated the 3m springboard finals of the sixth leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series taking place in Guadalajara (MEX), with He Zi and He Chao winning the women's and men's event respectively. Over 3000 spectators were present this Saturday in the Pan American Aquatics Complex to cheer the best divers in the world, gathered in the last meet of this year's World Series.
He Zi largely controlled the 3m individual event throughout the circuit, with five titles (her teammate Shi Tingmao was the best in Moscow). The elegance and correcteness of her dives, as well as clean entries in the water, gave He the first place with 370.05 points. Wang Han, also from China, took the silver in 354.75. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) and Laura Sanchez (MEX) fought for the bronze medal, which in the end went to the Italian star (335.90 against 331.90 for Sanchez).
DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 1: China and Mexico share gold in synchro events
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas were the home heroes on the first day of the sixth and final leg of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Guadalajara (MEX) on May 24-26. The Mexican pair won the gold in the men's 3m springboard synchro event, totalling 455.31. Their success was mostly due to the choice of the Degree of Difficulty (DD) of their combinations - the highest of the session - and to the fine execution of their dives. One week ago, in the same venue, they were also first, after bronze medals in previous meets in Beijing, Dubai and Moscow.
China finished second with He Chao and Li Shixin, adding 444.09. The bronze medal went to Nicholas Robinson-Baker and Christopher Mears (GBR) with 422.94.
"We have been very regular since the start of the season in January; the results of our work are here! My best birthday gift was the gold medal, I will remember it all my life," said Daniel Islas, who turned 21 on May 24. "We knew the competition would be difficult in the third and fourth dive. When we raised our degree of difficulty (5156B, 3.9), the final got more interesting," considered Yahel Castillo.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 3: China's Qiu Bo and Huixia Liu dominate 10m platform
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Qiu Bo and Huixia Liu from China were dominant in the men's and women's 10m platform, respectively, on day 3 of competition at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Guadalajara on May 19.
Qiu Bo is back and performed brilliantly, earning perfect 10s in two of his dives: a Back 3.5 Somersault (207B, DD 3.6) and a Reverse 3.5 Somersault (307C, DD 3.3). Qiu Bo was again the king of the platform and totalled a grueling score of 550.40 points. It was a close competition with Mexicans Ivan Garcia, silver medallist with 534.05 and German Sanchez, bronze medallist with 507.80 points.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 2: China's Zi He and Mexico's Yahel Castillo win 3m springboard
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Mexico and China bagged more gold medals on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Guadalajara with Zi He (CHN) and Yahel Castillo (MEX) taking out the women's and men's 3m springboard, respectively. For Mexico, this is the first time in their history that they pocket three titles in one edition of the Series (plus one silver).
Zi He (CHN) collected her fourth title of the 2013 season, remaining unbeaten and winning with a total 376.10 points. Laura Sanchez (MEX) won the silver medal with 371.40 and Jennifer Abel (CAN), bronze in 370.05.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 1: Golden day for Mexico and China
The Mexican pair, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, delighted their audience and were applauded in each of their six dives. Russia took the second place with Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov totalling 428.49. The bronze went to Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre of Cuba with 409.11 points, with one more medal going to Latin America.
DWS 2013, Moscow day 3: Minibaev innovates; China concludes with double gold
Moscow, RUSSIA - China secured the two last gold medals in the final day of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, organised in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the individual 10m platform, the Asian divers always controlled the operations, giving their team a total of seven titles in the Russian capital.
The men’s 10m final became an historical one: Russian diver Victor Minibaev executed the unique dive that had never been executed before – a 2.5 Back with 3.5 twists (DD – 4.3). For comparison, a 4.5 forward - considered to be the most difficult one on the platform a couple of years ago - is only worth a DD 3.7.
DWS 2013, Moscow day 2: China dominates in the individual 3m springboard
Moscow, RUSSIA - China didn't shake in the first individual events at the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, being held in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the second day of the event, the representatives of the powerhouse in the discipline managed to perfectly control their main opponents and conquer two more gold medals.
The women’s 3m springboard used to be the most conservative event in the diving programme: during the last dozen of years the difficulty of the dives remained in the same level. If, from one hand, this helps to keep a very high level of quality, on the other hand, it also allows that every diver taking part in the World Series is able to shine and fight for he top positions.
Shi Tingmao proved again that she will become one of the biggest stars of this season. Before the last round, she was keeping the leadership quite confidently – ahead of her compatriot He Zi, who won gold and silver at the London Olympics and the same medal set at the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai.
DWS 2013, Moscow day 1: China 3 – Ukraine 1
Moscow, RUSSIA - China collected three gold medals in the first day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. Only with synchronized events, the day concluded with one victory from Ukraine, in the men’s synchro 3m springboard.
In the morning, the women’s and men’s 10m synchro platform didn't gather many participants: four teams were fighting for the medals in the first competition and only three in the second.
DWS 2013, Edinburgh day 3: Home hero Tom Daley captures gold in 10m platform
Edinburgh, GREAT BRITAIN - 18-year old Thomas Daley (GBR), the pride of a whole nation, delivered a magnificent performance, snatching the men's 10m platform title on the final day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series held in Edinburgh (GBR) at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from April 19-21.
In the women's field, young Chinese diving prospects Yajie Sie and Huixia Liu finished 1-2 in the 10m platform, maintaining the golden standard of the sport's traditional powerhouse nation.
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