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 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 1: Despatie (CAN) back in the 3m
China confirmed its supremacy at the start of the second stage of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series, held in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17), winning three of the four finals that were contested on the first day of competition. The positive surprise of the session was Alexandre Despatie (CAN), who won the gold in the men's 3m springboard.
Hundreds of Mexicans filled the seats of the Veracruz Aquatic Complex to cheer the 50 participant divers from 13 countries. They were also pleased to see local heroes Paola Espinosa geeting the silver medal in the 10m platform and Yahel Castillo the bronze medal in the 3m springboard.
DWS 2010 - Qingdao (CHN), Day 2
On the second day of competition (March 28), Bo Qiu of China clinched the gold medal in the men's 10m platform event. Qiu was behind German Sascha Klein after the first two rounds but eventually found his way back to track before winning the event with a total of 588.2 points. Compatriot Luxin Zhou was second while Klein finished in third place.
Chinese Olympic champions Ruolin Chen and teammate Hao Wang were crowned in the women's 10m platform synchro event, totaling 330.00 points. Anabelle Smith and Briony Cole from Australia won the silver medal with 325.32 points and Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took bronze.
DWS 2010 - Qingdao (CHN), Day 1
Olympic champion Minxia Wu and world champion Zi He of China failed to win the gold medal in the women’s 3m springboard synchro event on the first day (March 27) of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 in Qingdao, China.
The pair teamed up for the first time in career but made a terrible mistake before finishing fourth in the event. The title was claimed by Russians Svetlana Filippova and Anastasia Pozdniakova. Sharleen Stratton and Briony Cole from Australia and American pair Cassidy Krug and Kassidy Cook finished in second and third places respectively.
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