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FINA/NVC 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 June, about 70 divers exhibit their prowess in a six-leg competition format which features eight events: women's and men's 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro. A total prize money of US$ 1'272'000 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 2014

FULL CALENDAR

March 14-16
Beijing (CHN)
March 20-22
Dubai (UAE)
April 25-27
London (GBR)
May 2-4
Moscow (RUS)
May 30 - June 1
Windsor (CAN)
June 6-8
Monterrey (MEX)


Baja California prepares for Diving World Series 2012

Diving World Series

The city of Tijuana will host the FINA Diving World Series from the 18th Thru the 22nd of April at the Aquatic Complex of the Baja California High Performance Center. This year the event will have a special taste for the local, national and foreign fans that wish to attend due to the proximity of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Many of the divers who will participate in this two-day competition will prepare at this stop prior to the Games in London. “We are working hard to have a great competition and to host a great event, we take it seriously and are very enthusiastic”, said Saul Castro Verdugo, General Director of the Baja California Sports Institute and head of the Organizing Committee.

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DWS 2011 - Guanajuato, Day 2: Three more wins for China to conclude the 2011 Series

Diving World Series

Qin Kai (CHN) - credit: Christian PalmaChina ended with a "concert of perfection" the fourth stage of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, namely thanks to Qiu Bo, the “king” of the men's 10m platform, event that he won in the four legs of the series in Moscow, Beijing, Sheffield and Guanajuato.

In Mexico, the last event of the 2011 competition held on April 22-23, Qiu Bo received two perfect 10 from the judges and finished his six-dive effort with a total of 582.45 points and another gold medal in his pocket. World champion Thomas Daley (GBR) was also in great shape and obtained the silver medal with 562.80 points, while Rommel Pacheco (MEX), certainly inspired by the Mexican audience, got the bronze with 540.90 points.

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DWS 2011 - Guanajuato, Day 1: Garcia and Sanchez win gold at home

Diving World Series

Mexican public on cloud nine - credit: Christian PalmaMariachi music echoed in Guanajuato (MEX) when Mexican divers Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez got the gold medal in the synchronised 10m platform with 446.73 points, in what constituted one of the surprises of the inaugural day of the fourth and last leg of the FINA/MIDEA Diving World Series.

The Mexicans were very close to the podium in the three previous meets, but in Guanajuato they finally got their first win of the series. In a duel ahead of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Garcia/Sanchez took over the lead in the third round and beat David Boudia/Thomas Finchum (USA), second with 437.10, and Jose Guerra/Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB), third with 433.71.

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DWS 2011 - Sheffield, Day 2: China completes clean sweep

Diving World Series

The final day of competition at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series saw the Chinese diving team re-affirm their dominance of international diving. The Chinese team secured gold in all four events on the second day in Sheffield, setting a marker for the diving world ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai this summer.

The Chinese team secured gold in all four events on the second day in Sheffield, setting a marker for the diving world ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai this summer.
The men’s 10m Platform, the sport’s blue riband event, saw elite diving at its best from all competitors throughout the competition.
China’s Qui Bo, who scored more than 600 points in the first two legs of this season’s World Series, looked on good form from his first dive, scoring 91.20.
His Armstand Back Triple Somersault piked saw him score six 10s as the crowd cheered his exit from the water.
Britain’s Tom Daley started the final well and lay in second place after the first two rounds but a mistake on his Armstand Back Triple Somersaults piked saw him lose ground, falling to the bottom of the leader board.
Daley picked up with his next two dives and while the podium places proved out of reach, he scored a season’s best 507.35 to finish fourth overall.
“To be able to get my highest score of the season when missing a dive for 5s and 5.5s is quite nice,” Daley said. “Obviously I am disappointed with one of my dives but I have just got to make sure I can try to improve and focus for my next competition in Mexico.
“My new dives are going quite well at the moment. I scored 9.5s for me Back 3.5 which is the best that I have done internationally. Overall I am really pleased with this weekend. My dives were a bit inconsistent in Moscow and Beijing so to come here and do so well has given me a bit of confidence for this season.”
Bo continued his excellence and he won gold with 586.55 points. His teammate Huo Liang captured silver with a score of 561.70 while USA’s David Boudia won bronze with a score of 534.55.
Peter Waterfield missed out on his place in the final by just 0.6 points after finishing fourth in his semi-final with a total of 468.15.
After making his return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear early last year, the British crowd cheered on Ben Swain as he made his return to competition with Nicholas Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro.
The British pair secured a respectable 100.80 points for their required dives and went into the third round in a strong position but it was the Chinese pair of Qin Kai and Luo Yutong that were dominating early on.
Kai and Yuntong were within reaching distance of the gold medal after their fourth dive and while they dropped their penultimate dive, they recovered with their final effort, scoring 9s to take gold with 460.23.
Silver went to Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas (Mexico) with a score of 451.71 and the American pair of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen scored 425.73 to take bronze.
Robinson-Baker and Swain finished seventh with a total of 395.88.
“I am feeling good after that performance,” Swain said. “I really wanted to do better but I got through the whole list without pain for the first time.
“It was great to be back on the boards with Nick again. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done to come back from injury and it felt really good to be in front of the home crowd.”
The women’s 10m Synchro saw Chinese pair, Roulin Chen and Hao Wang, secure the gold with a twenty point lead on the field.
Chen and Wang took an impressive 347.46 points to take the victory ahead of Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (Canada).
Chen said after the win: “The first two dives we have are easy ones and then our coach told us to get more focused to do much better. We aren’t always confident about winning the competition but we are good competitors and we try hard to compete our best.”
Benfeito and Filion finished with 325.71 for the silver while Australia’s Melissa Wu and Alexandra Croak took bronze with 325.26 points.
Britain’s Rebecca Gallantree and Megan Sylvester finished in fifth place with a score of 294.90. They showed impressive synchronicity after just two training sessions together.
He Zi won her second individual gold of this season’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series in the 3m Springboard after putting in a consistent performance throughout the final.
She was the only diver in the final to score a 10 and put the competition out of reach with her penultimate dive, scoring 82.50 for an excellent Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults piked.
Zi finished with a total of 396.95 to win gold. Silver went to her team-mate Minxia Wu who took a total of 370.35 while Canada’s Jennifer Abel scored 341.40 for bronze.
Gallantree finished in sixth place in the second semi-final with a score of 263.60The final day of competition at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series saw the Chinese diving team re-affirm their dominance of international diving. The Chinese team secured gold in all four events on the second day in Sheffield, setting a marker for the diving world ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai this summer.

The men’s 10m Platform, the sport’s blue riband event, saw elite diving at its best from all competitors throughout the competition. China’s Qui Bo, who scored more than 600 points in the first two legs of this season’s World Series, looked on good form from his first dive, scoring 91.20. His Armstand Back Triple Somersault piked saw him score six 10s as the crowd cheered his exit from the water.

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DWS 2011 - Sheffield, Day 1: Daley and Waterfield conquer world’s best for gold

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Thomas Daley and Peter Waterfield had a sell out Sheffield crowd on their feet as they stormed to 10m Synchro gold in the FINA/Midea Diving World Series.
In only their second international competition together, the British duo held off five of the world’s top pairs to claim victory with 449.43 points.
Daley and Waterfield performed steady required dives and lay in fourth place after the first two rounds. As the competition entered the optional dives, the harder phase of the competition, the pair held their nerve to perform consistently.
Their Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked dive is the hardest dive in their list and scored 8s and 9s to move into the lead ahead of the China’s World Cup champions Yuan Cao and Yanquang Zhang with one round to go.
The Brits scored 92.88 on their final dive, the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists piked, to hold onto their lead and when the Chinese pair dropped their final dive Daley and Waterfield cheered their win.
“We are so happy to have won that gold in only our second international competition,” Daley said. “It is great to see that our partnership is improving every time we compete. Our hardest dive the Front 4 ½ was one of the best that we have done. We are lucky we have natural timing but we missed our first two optional dives and we want to improve that a lot.”
“We are going to Mexico and the World Championships next,” Waterfield said. “It is a new partnership but we seem to be working well together. The 4 ½ is our newest dive but it saved us today so we are both glad that we are using.”
Cao and Zhang ultimately won silver with 443.82 and bronze went to Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding (Germany) with a total of 427.59.
China’s Qin Kai struck gold to continue his domination of this season’s men’s 3m Springboard event.
Defending World Series Champion Kai – who won both previous legs in Moscow and Beijing this term – took over the lead at the half way point and never looked back on the way to scoring 547.70.
Kai’s fifth dive was the highlight of the set as he scored 106.40 for Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked. China’s Olympic and World Champion He Chong finished second with 531.15 while USA’s Troy Dumais took bronze with 507.65.
“I am happy to win the gold,” Kai said. “I have now had many chances to practice my Front 4 ½ dive and it is becoming more stable. I learnt the dive a year ago and a few months ago I was still having some problems with it but it is getting much better now.”
Great Britain’s double world junior champion Jack Laugher impressed to score an international pb of 436.90.
And while his score would have been good enough to progress from the first semi-final, he missed out on qualification from his semi by an agonising 14 points.
Zi He and Minxia Wu dominated the women’s 3m Synchro with a performance that saw them score consistently throughout the five rounds.
After the required dives the Chinese pair had a total of 107.40 points and their highest scoring dive came in the fourth round.
The pair, that also won the gold in the Beijing leg of the event, executed their Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults piked scored a total of 80.10 points as they moved twenty points into the lead.
He and Wu finished with a total of 334.20 points to win their gold. Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Emilie
Heymans won the silver with a score of 315.00 while Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape (Italy) took bronze with 303.60 points.
Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg were competing in their first leg of the series together and secured fifth place with a score of 294.00.
“That performance felt really good,” Gallantree said. “It was the first time we performed that list internationally, after adding a more difficult dive, and we’re both really pleased with the score.
“That’s our best result since the Commonwealth Games and shows, at an early stage in the season, how far we’ve come as a pair. Diving here in Sheffield is an amazing experience in front of a sell out crowd and they kept us focused throughout.”
Blagg added: “The home crowd was amazing and just fed my adrenalin. I was very nervous before but didn’t let them get the better of me and affect my performance. There were a lot of positives to take from that performance.”
China’s World Cup champion Hu Yadan struck gold in the last event of the night – the women’s 10m Platform.
The final was a straight shoot-out between Hu and Olympic champion Chen Ruolin with both divers adopting the same list.
But Hu stormed to victory over her more experienced rival, outscoring Chen on all five dives to win with 442.00 with her teammate finishing on 408.60.
Mexico’s world champion Paola Espinosa picked up bronze with her score of 356.10.
Great Britain’s Jenny Cowen held off the nerves on her World Series debut to score 297.50 for seventh place overall.

Thomas Daley and Peter Waterfield from Great Britain - credit: British SwimmingThomas Daley and Peter Waterfield had a sell out Sheffield crowd on their feet as they stormed to 10m Synchro gold in the FINA/Midea Diving World Series. In only their second international competition together, the British duo held off five of the world’s top pairs to claim victory with 449.43 points. Daley and Waterfield performed steady required dives and lay in fourth place after the first two rounds. As the competition entered the optional dives, the harder phase of the competition, the pair held their nerve to perform consistently.

Their Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked dive is the hardest dive in their list and scored 8s and 9s to move into the lead ahead of the China’s World Cup champions Yuan Cao and Yanquang Zhang with one round to go. The Brits scored 92.88 on their final dive, the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists piked, to hold onto their lead and when the Chinese pair dropped their final dive Daley and Waterfield cheered their win.

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DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 2: Qiu Bo perfect in the platform, completes China's total sweep

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Qiu Bo (CHN) - credit: Li LinlinIn a perfect-mark showdown against younger teammate Cao Yuan, 2010 DWS winner in the platform Qiu Bo of China received no less than 25 perfect 10s to score a historic 609.20 in the 10m event, completing China's total sweep of all eight events in the second leg of the 2011 FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing from March 25-26.

Qiu and Cao collected 51 perfect marks altogether in front of the full-house cheering fans at the Water Cube. Qiu, 18, received 10s from all the judges for his second dive (Armstand Backward Triple Somersault, Pike) and third (Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck), producing three dives over 100 points, while his "poorest" performance was the starting dive (Inward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck) with a 94.40. It was Qiu's Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, which helped him secure the gold medal for a day-high 111.00 points.

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DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 1: Ruolin Chen repeats 2008 Olympic feat at "Water Cube"

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Ruolin Chen (CHN) - credit: Li LinlinChen's hard-fought victory wrapped up a perfect day for the hosts who swept all four titles on offer at the "Water Cube" on the opening day of the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing, China.

Chen, double winner at the Beijing Olympic Games, led the rankings for the first three dives until 14-year-old teammate Hu snatched the top position. But Chen, repeating the same performance that led her to success in 2008, earned two perfect 10s and five 9.5 marks, totalling a victorious 426 points. Hu was 2.95 points behind and had to settle for the silver. The bronze was reserved for Australia's Alexandra Croak with a score of 357.50.

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Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers

Diving World Series

China's Olympic champion Wu Minxia will lead a strong Chinese team in Beijing (CHN), where the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 takes place from March 25-26. Wu, who spearheaded China's dream team after the retirement of "Diving Queen" Guo Jingjing, said she was pleased to compete again in the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) since the brilliant performance shared here in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Asked about the nagging injuries around her career, Wu shrugged off by saying she is trying to look forward and surpass herself in the upcoming competition. The Chinese diving team also features women's platform Olympic two-time winner Chen Ruolin, men's springboard Olympic and World champion He Chong, 2010 DWS overall winner in the men's springboard Qin Kai just to name a few.

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DWS 2011 - Day 2: China sets the tone in Moscow

Diving World Series

Among the eight divers competing in the two semifinals, He Zi (CHN) dominated the operations from the start. The Chinese prodigy scored the highest total in semifinal “B” with 365.35 points while Italian diving diva Tania Cagnotto took the lead in semifinal "A" with 317.05 points.

The final started with a great disappointment for the two-time European champion Nadezda Bazhina (RUS). The diver performed a Forward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, and spoiled the entry into the water. This was an unusual mistake considering that entries from forward dives are among the easiest to perform. As a result, the Russian got marks ranging from 2.0 to 3.0, scoring a poor 22.40 points.

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DWS 2011 - Moscow, Day 1: Cuba captures gold in the men's 10m synchro

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The competition started with the men's 3m springboard. Ilya Kvasha (UKR), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) and Javier Illana (ESP) tried to gain an advantage from the very beginning by executing 3.4 degree of difficulty (DD) dives, but only one diver - Kuznetsov - performed well enough to take the lead with a score of 86.70.

In the second round, the degree of difficulty increased, with Kvasha and Kuznetsov performing the most complicated dive - Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck. As a result, both divers captured the first two positions in the ranking with 179.80 (Kuznetsov) and 175.10 (Kvasha). The Ukrainian scored an impressive 96.90 with this second dive.

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