FINA Diving Grand Prix
Each year, the FINA Diving Grand Prix invites divers from all parts of the world to compete during the February-June period in a circuit of maximum seven meets. It was created mainly for three reasons: 1) to provide the best divers with a high-level competition that can be contested on a more frequent basis; 2) to focus on the main places of the diving meetings and enhance their popularity; 3) to promote diving in order to make it a more media-friendly event.
Presently, the diving programme of the Grand Prix for men and women includes 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.
The 2014 circuit comprised the following stops: No1 in Madrid (ESP) from February 14-16, No2 in Rostock (GER) from February 21-23, No3 in Gatineau (CAN) from May 1-4, No4 in San Juan (PUR) from May 8-11, No5 in Mexico (city tbc) from May 16-18, No6 in Bolzano (ITA) from August 1-3, No7 in Singapore (SIN) from October 17-19, and No8 in Kuala Lumpur (MAS) from October 24-26.
DGP 2013, Gatineau day 2: Canadian diver Imbeau-Dulac aims high
GATINEAU, Quebec – François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., rebounded from a tough preliminary round to reach the men’s 3m final at the 2013 FINA Diving Grand Prix being held this week at the Centre sportif. Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal also qualified for the women’s 10m final.
In the men’s 3m, Imbeau-Dulac struggled on two dives and was 12th in the morning preliminaries gaining the last available spot for the afternoon semifinals. However he roared back with a superb semis to qualify third in his heat with 429.30 points. Rommel Pacheco of Mexico was first at 433.90 and Sun Zhiyi of China second at 430.75. They were the third through fifth best scores overall on the day.
DGP 2013 day 1: Canadian stars shine in Gatineau (CAN)
GATINEAU, Quebec - The FINA Diving Grand Prix, which attracts rising talents and stars from the sport's global elite, is being held for the first time at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau from May 2-5, counting as the third stop on the 2013 circuit.
In the men’s 10m platform, 22-year-old Maxim Bouchard (CAN) nailed his final two dives to finish third in his semifinal heat and nearly sneaked up to the top of the standings. Roman Izmaylov of Russia was first at 406.00, Domonic Bedgood of Australia second at 400.85 and Bouchard third at 399.80. The top-three in each of the two semis advanced to Saturday’s final.
DGP 2013, Madrid day 3: Prokopchuk (UKR) prevents complete Chinese sweep
MADRID, Spain - China confirmed their dominance by winning the two men's synchronised events, the 3m springboard and platform, on the final day of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 in Madrid. Chao He / Shixin Li were the best in the springboard, finishing with 419.79 points. Ukrainian pair Oleksandr Gorshkovozov / Oleg Kolodiy took silver with 372.33 points while Mexicans Jonathan Ruvalcaba / Carlos Moreno completed the podium with 371.01 points.
Ukraine's Iulia Prokopchuk captured the gold in the women's 10m platform with 342.80 points, besting by a few points China's Yajie Si (339.70). Russian Ekaterina Petukhova claimed the bronze with 300.65 points.
DGP 2013, Madrid day 2: China's supremacy continues
MADRID, Spain - Day 2 of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain, was highlighted by two Chinese victories. In the men's 3m springboard, Chao He and Shixin Li finished 1-2 with 501.60 and 435.60 points, respectively. Ukraine's Oleksandr Gorshkovozov (UKR) took third spot with 406.05 points.
In the women's springboard synchro, Chinese pair Jiao Liu and Qulin Zheng were the best with 297.90 points. Viktoriya Kesar/Anna Pysmenska from Ukraine picked up silver with 275.40 points while Russia's Ekaterina Ukolova and Elena Chernykh claimed the bronze with 274.11 points.
DGP 2013, Madrid day 1: China sets the tone at opening meet
MADRID, Spain - China clearly dominated the operations on the opening night at the first stop of FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 in Madrid, Spain, by capturing three golds at the Swimming Center M-86. In the women's field, China's Han Wang (345.55) beat Dolores Hernandez from Mexico (second with 329.10 points) and team mate Jiao Liu (third, 311.05) in the 3m springboard.
In the men's 10m platform, Chinese Siyi Xie (518.75) bested compatriot Jian Yang (second with 514.10 points) and Jesper Tolvers from Sweden (third, 358.75).
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