FINA/MIDEA Diving World Series
The FINA/Midea 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.
For the sixth edition in 2013, the World Series will consist of six meets: No1 in Beijing (CHN) from March 15-17, No2 in Dubai (UAE) from March 21-23, No3 in Edinburgh (GBR) from April 19-21, No4 in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28, No5 in Guadalajara (MEX) from May 17-19, and No6 in
Mexico City (MEX) Guadalajara (MEX) from May 24-26.
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, Dubai day 2: China loses gold in the men's 3m springboard
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES China suffered a rare defeat tonight in the finals of the men’s 3m springboard, with Illya Kvasha of Ukraine taking the gold, and Javier Garcia Illana the silver in an upset defeat of reigning world champion He Chong.
Chong predictably took the lead with his first dive, but uncharacteristically faltered on his second to drop to third. Kvasha top scored for the competition on his second dive with 96.90, stamping his authority on the event and never letting go. A solid 91.00 for his third dive put He Chong back into second and by the fourth round he was only 6.80 points behind Kvasha, but the Ukrainian had a superb night, keeping his nerves under control and putting together a consistent performance to retain the lead and cause the upset of the competition, finishing with 493.40.
DWS 2013, Dubai: China sweeps day one
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - China collected all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Dubai. After picking up the gold in both the women’s and men’s 10m platform synchro finals this morning, the Chinese continued their domination of the sport with strong performances in both the women’s and men’s 3m synchro springboard finals tonight, reinforcing their undisputed position at the top of the diving world.
The women’s 3m synchro saw China's He Zi and Wang Han score the first ten for a women’s event on their first dive. The pair maintained their form with the best dive of each round, until the final round when Canadian duo Jennifer Abel/Pamela Ware top-scored with 71.10 for their 5152B (Forward 2 ½ somersaults with one twist), taking the Canadians from fifth to third.
DWS 2013, Dubai day 1: China starts with golden display
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - The seemingly invincible Chinese diving team kicked off their FINA/Midea Diving World Series Dubai 2013 campaign this morning in their usual manner, taking the first two gold medals on offer in convincing fashion.
The first session on the competition program provided a breathtaking display of world class diving, much to the delight of several hundred schoolchildren who came to the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex to see multiple world and Olympic champions in action.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 3: Chen (CHN) untouchable in 10m platform, China captures 8 golds on offer
Beijing, CHINA - Four-time Olympic champion Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform in convincing fashion, leading with more than 40 points ahead of her rivals, sealing China's complete golden sweep on day 3 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 17, 2013.
Chen, who claimed the 10m platform title at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, dominated the final to win the gold with 403.75 points. Canadian Meaghan Benfeito came second with 362.25 points while Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg took third with 337.75 points.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 2: Qin (CHN) eclipses Olympic champion Zakharov (RUS) in men's 3m
Beijing, CHINA - With his trade-mark stability, China's men's springboard synchro expert Kai Qin claimed his first individual title, beating Russia's 2012 Olympic champion Illya Zakharov to third place on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 16, 2013. Illya Kvasha of Ukraine took the lead after the first two rounds but Qin turned the tables from his third dive (307C) with a high 99.75 points and kept his dominance to the last dive, winning the gold in a total 548.65 points.
Chong He, Beijing Olympic champion and bronze medallist at the 2012 London Games in this event, finished second with 521.50 points while Olympic champion Zakharov missed his last dive (109C) to earn a "low" 74.10 points, settling for the bronze with 514.45 points.
DWS 2013, Beijing: Chinese divers sweep synchro events on day 1
Beijing, CHINA - Spearheaded by Olympic champions Minxia Wu, Ruolin Chen, Kai Qin and Chong He and some fresh faces of the traditional diving powerhouse, China's divers swept the four synchronised diving events on day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 15, 2013.
With a record of six Olympic diving medals, Wu, who partnered with Olympic champion Zi He in synchro events, now combines with 1m springboard World champion Tingmao Shi. And it proved to be a winning combination for the Chinese as they claimed victory with a margin of 30.81 points ahead of silver medallists Alicia Blagg/Rebecca Gallantree of Britain, who totalled 305.79 points. The bronze went to Ukrainians Olena Fedorova/Anna Pysmenska with 305.79 points.
DWS 2012, Tijuana: China's Qin and British Daley clinch men's titles
Tijuana, MEXICO - A great night with China's Kai Qin sweeping the men's 3m springboard and Great Britain's Thomas Daley delivering an outstanding performance and taking gold in the men's 10m platform closed the successful meets of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012. China did not take part in all events but still managed to earn five titles. Great Britain, the United States and Mexico shared the remaining titles in the two-day high-level competition.
On the final day, Kai Qin and Yutong Luo won the men’s 3m springboard synchro with 454.29 points. Britain, which presented a strong team ahead of their home Olympic Games this summer, was awarded the silver thanks to a fine performance by Christopher Mears and Nicholas Robinson-Baker (436.74 points). Ukraine took the bronze with Ilya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov (432.81 points). Other countries on track for medals were the United States, Germany and Mexico.
DWS 2012, Tijuana: Espinosa (MEX) crowned in 10m platform
Tijuana, MEXICO - China, Mexico and the United States were the countries that dominated the first day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012, held at the Aquatic Complex High Performance Center in Tijuana from April 20-21.
As one of the best in the world and the Americas, home hero Paola Espinosa won in front of her crowd the gold medal in the women's 10m platform with a total 367.40 points.With the absence in the event of Olympic champion Ruolin Chen, who will only compete in the 10m platform synchro, Espinosa wove her own competition, carried the Mexican flag to the top and had the national anthem replayed.
DWS 2012: Tijuana to welcome the world's best divers for final showdown
TIJUANA, Mexico - The world's best divers are in the border city of Tijuana for the fourth and final leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012, to be held at the High Performance Sports Center, in Baja California, Mexico, from April 20-21. The event brings together the best divers from twelve nations for the most important showdown ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games: China, Canada, USA, Italy, Ukraine, Britain, Malaysia, Germany, France and Mexico to name a few.
The competition programme includes 3m springboard and 10m platform individual and synchro for women's and men's. The pool has been equipped with bleachers to welcome 2,200 people, which can be appreciated from any angle competencies in addition to the webcast and TV. In 2008, Tijuana already hosted a Series leg, which turned out to be a great success ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where home hero Paola Espinosa and duo partner Tatiana Ortiz earned the bronze in the 10m platform synchro event.
DWS 2012, Beijing: Daley cheers for day-high as China completes a sweep
With a day-high score 103.60 points for his dive - a Forward 4.5 Somersault, Tuck - Britain's talent Thomas Daley was satisfied with a silver medal behind world champion Qiu Bo in the men's 10m platform. The Chinese divers got all eight gold medals on offer once more at the second meet of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012 in Beijing (CHN).
Comparing to last year's 600 plus form, Qiu collected only five full marks and 566.50 points for the gold, after a mistake in his fourth dive (a Back 3.5 Somersault, Pike - with a poor 88.20, which came just after Daley's near-perfect dive. Daley finished with silver with a total 541.15 while teammate Peter Waterfield claimed third spot with a score of 531.80.
Page 2 of 4