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 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, Monterrey Day 1: China sweeps all four synchro events
China was invincible on Day 1 of the last FINA/NVC Diving World Series stop in Monterrey, Mexico, on June 6. The number-1 diving powerhouse swept all four synchronised events at stake.
Reigning World champion He Zi and Wang Han kept main challengers at bay in the women's 3m springboard synchro to capture gold with a total score of 321.60. Local hero Laura Sanchez, 2012 Olympic medallist, combined with new partner Dolores Hernandez to earn silver, totalling 313.50. Canadian pair Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware Canada secured the bronze medal with 309.48 points.
DWS 2014, Monterrey: world-class divers ready to put on a show!
The world's best divers are in Monterrey (MEX) for the sixth and final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014, taking place from June 6-8. At a press conference held on Thursday June 5, some of the best divers in action shared their feelings ahead of the competition this weekend.
"We are excited to compete in Monterrey, we want to show the result from hard-work training," said reigning World champion He Zi (CHN). Two-time World champion Qiu Bo added: "We all want to win, that's why we are here."
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 3: China's Cao Yuan earns 10 perfect 10s in platform event
China's gold medal winner Cao Yuan earned a total 10 perfect 10s in his assault of the 10m platform event in Windsor, on Day 3 of the fifth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014.
The 19-year-old claimed his third gold medal in a single World Series meet. With the two synchro gold medals he won on Friday Cao becomes the first diver in World Series history to achieve this feat.
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 2: China's He Chong wins men's 3m
China's He Chong won his 12th gold medal in Diving World Series history defeating Great Britain's Jack Laugher by 17.55 points. Only his first dive was ranked the best of the round, while Laugher's second and fifth dives were the best of each of those rounds. He's 3.4 point lead in the first round and his overall consistency in the remaining five dives kept him in the lead throughout the entire competition. His lead after three dives was 13.25 points and he went on to score a total of 521.85 points after six dives.
The Chinese diver announced: "I'm very happy with today's result. My body is not as strong as before, my physique is declining. My knees have been giving me problems because I am aging and because the difficulty of the dives is increasing."
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 1: Chinese pair wins two World Series gold on same day
After winning the 10m synchro on day 1 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Windsor (CAN), Chinese divers Cao Yuan and Lin Yue repeated on the 3m springboard this evening to became the first divers to win two World Series gold medals on the same day. "It was amazing and we are feeling really good," said Lin after winning both the 3m and 10m synchro events.
"We credit our daily training together, non stop and 7 days a week" said Cao. Cao has won eight World Series medals in 2014. The record for a single season is 10, set by Russia's Victor Minibaev who collected one gold, seven silver and two bronze medals in 2013.
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.
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