FINA 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. This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognised divers, mostly medallists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups.
From March to May, about 70 divers exhibit their prowess in a six-leg competition format which features ten events: women's and men's 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro. The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. A total prize money of US$ 1'590'000 is distributed in the Series.
Launched in 2007 by diving powerhouses Great Britain, China and Mexico, other countries have since joined the "club" as host organisers: Canada, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, boosting the sport's exposure on the international scene.
From 2014-2017, NVC Lighting will be the Title Sponsor of the Series.
FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015
|March 13-15||Beijing (CHN)|
|March 19-21||Dubai (UAE)|
|April 24-26||Kazan (RUS)|
|May 1-3||London (GBR)|
|May 22-24||Windsor (CAN)|
|May 29-31||Merida (MEX)|
DWS 2014, Windsor: Diving Canada predicts medals in all women’s events
The trophy case in the lobby of the Winter International Aquatic and Training Centre located in Windsor, Canada is filled with memorabilia which chronicles the region's proud athletic history. Not surprisingly most of the exhibits commemorated the nation's rich tradition of dominant performances on the frozen ponds, lakes and ice rinks of the Ontario province. You'll see a bright red jacket from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games worn by John Loring, one of the greatest Canadian track and field athlete of all time. There are even a few photographs, yellowing with age, featuring swim teams from the 1970's. You can look hard, but you won't find any diving memorabilia behind the glass.
Thanks to efforts of Mayor Eddie Francis and Diving Canada there may be a need to expand the trophy case in the very near future. The fifth stop of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series is scheduled to begin today at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre located just 0.5 mile from the city of Detroit, Michigan across from Lake Michigan. A total of USD$96,000 in prize money will be distributed to athletes placing first, second and third in the eight individual and synchro events during the World Series event this weekend.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 3: China dominates 10m platform events
The final day of the fourth stage of FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS) on May 2-4, featured the most thrilling event on the competition programme, the men’s 10m platform, with Victor Minibaev (RUS) on-hand.
Among women, Liu Huixia (411.40 points) and Chen Ruolin (397.45) topped the podium well ahead of Ukranian Yulia Prokopchuk (380.10). Liu Huixia, satisfied with her performance, said on her result: "The evening session dives were much better than in the preliminary round. So I’m quite happy."
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 2: Second gold for Kuznetsov (RUS)
On the second day of the fourth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS), everybody was awaiting the new Chinese-Russian battle, now on the men’s 3m springboard. After Kuznetsov/Zakharov first synchro triumph in their career on Day 1, it was interesting to watch if two Russians, both qualified for the final, could break Chinese hegemony one more time. It is Iliya Zakharov, who upset Qin Kai's bid for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
Unfortunately, Qin Kai pulled out from the tournament, after getting the second result in the morning session. He Chong finished seventh in the qualification but he didn’t replace his compatriot and teammate. There was no official information from the Chinese team regarding this situation.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 1: Russian pair wins gold with home crowd support
The Moscow leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series started with a send-off ceremony for two-time Olympic champion Dmitry Sautin and two-time bronze Olympic medallist Gleb Galperin, who officially retired. On finishing their sports carreer, the legendary Russian athletes said: “We put our heart into diving and gave all our energy to this sport. We would like to thank our fans for supporting us. It’s a great pleasure to see so many spectators here today. We hope they will enjoy the competition”.
Actually, they were not disappointed. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Iliya Zakharov (RUS) took the lead after the fifth attempt on the men’s 3m springboard synchro and didn’t miss the chance in round six to celebrate an overall victory over He Chong and Qin Kai (CHN). Kuznetsov/Zakharov won gold with a total score of 463.86. Silver went to China (459.45 points), and bronze to Jack Laugher and Christopher Mears of Great Britain (421.71).
DWS 2014, London Day 3: China seals all gold medals
China confirmed their position as the best diving nation with victory in the men’s and women’s 10m platform events on the final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
With Qiu Bo not entered into the London leg it was down to World Series debutant Yang Jian to claim the gold in the men’s 10m platform event.
DWS 2014, London Day 2: He Zi and Chong He golden glory
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series saw China’s He Zi and He Chong secure the gold medals in the springboard events. He Zi continued her gold run from Dubai here in London in the 3m springboard after scoring 360.15 points. She made an instant impact in the final with an impressive Inward 2.5 Somersaults piked which scored her 81.00 points.
She was in the lead throughout the final until the penultimate round when team-mate Wang Han overtook her but she scored 76.50 points for her Back 2.5 Somersaults piked to secure her place on the top of the podium.
DWS 2014, London Day 1: China complete clean sweep in London
China claimed gold medals in all of the synchronised events on the first day of action at the London leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
The women’s 10m synchro was the first event up at the London Aquatics Centre and it saw World Champions Chen Roulin and Liu Huixia (CHN) secure the top place on the podium. Chen and Liu looked dominant throughout the final only moving out of the top spot in the second round. They finished the final with a score of 337.14 after securing 79.68 for their Back 2.5 Somersaults 1.5 Twists piked.
DWS 2014: Olympic stars kick off countdown to Windsor leg
Canada’s 2012 Olympic diving medallists Roseline Filion, Meaghan Benfeito and Jennifer Abel, along with 52 students from Immaculate Conception Public School and Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis were on hand at the new Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre on March 27, 2014 to kick off the countdown for the hosting of the Windsor leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, taking place May 30th to June 1st at the city’s new aquatic centre.
The hosting of this event will mark the first time ever that this prestigious annual international competition will be held on Canadian soil and will feature over 80 of the world’s best divers from more than 15 countries. Amongst the group will be dozens of World Champions and Olympic medallists.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 3: Minibaev (RUS) breaks Chinese hegemony
The third leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series successfully concluded in Dubai (UAE) on March 22, with the last two finals in the programme, the men’s and women’s 10m platform. In theory, two expectable gold medals for China. But things sometimes are not meant to be as the predictions on paper. However, at the end of the three-day competition at the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex, China (six gold out of eight finals) confirmed its supremacy in the world diving hierarchy.
In the most exciting final (men’s 10m platform) of the competition in Dubai, everything seemed to run in the right direction for Qiu Bo (CHN) until he badly missed his fifth attempt, a 109C (DD 3.7). Qiu was perhaps overwhelmed by his precedent dive, when all the seven judges gave him a perfect 10! Victor Minibaev (RUS), his most direct rival, took advantage of the situation and conquered the gold in 537.05, against Qiu’s 530.90.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 2: China dominates in 3m springboard
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series leg in Dubai (UAE) confirmed the Chinese dominance in the 3m springboard, where the gold and silver medals both in the men’s and women’s events went to the best athletes of the Asian delegation.
It all started with the women’s final, where He Zi, the winner in 382.10, and Wang Han, the silver medallist in 362.45 entirely dominated the five-dive decisive round. With this result, He set a new record of 17 World Series victories in one individual discipline. For China, the gold and silver in the same event is the country’s 64th multi-medal effort in World Series history. No other country has achieved this even once.
The bronze went to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto with 357.85 points. Cagnotto has now won nine World Series medals in 3m springboard, third among all divers behind He (23) and Wu Minxia (CHN, 12).
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