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 2011 - Sheffield, Day 1: Daley and Waterfield conquer world’s best for gold
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.
DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 2: Qiu Bo perfect in the platform, completes China's total sweep
In 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.
DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 1: Ruolin Chen repeats 2008 Olympic feat at "Water Cube"
Chen'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.
Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers
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.
DWS 2011 - Day 2: China sets the tone in Moscow
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.
DWS 2011 - Moscow, Day 1: Cuba captures gold in the men's 10m synchro
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.
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (II), Day 2: China conquers the four titles at stake
China confirmed once again its status of powerhouse in the discipline by conquering the four titles at stake during the second and last day of the FINA/LI-NING Diving World Series in Veracruz, Mexico, on April 21, 2010. The perfect dives of the Chinese team closed the third date of the Series, with a myriad of “10” marks, sweeping gold in all four events.
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (II), Day 1: Mexico’s Yahel Castillo surprises at third meet
With Yahel Castillo’s gold medal gained in the 3m springboard as well as Paola Espinosa and pair German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia picking up silver in the 10m platform and the 10m platform synchro events respectively, the Mexican delegation delighted the home crowd during the third meet of the FINA / Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010, which is repeated in the Reform Laws Aquatic Complex, in Veracruz.
The third meet was initially scheduled on April 23-24 in Sheffield (GBR) but due to restrictions on air traffic in the European sky, the meet had to be cancelled.
British Swimming Statment
The final leg of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, due to be held in Sheffield this week, has been cancelled following the continued closure of air space across Britain as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and ensuing ash cloud.
The FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, powered by British Gas, was set to take place at the Sheffield International Venues managed Ponds Forge on 23 and 24 April. It will now be held in Veracruz in Mexico following the completion of the second leg of the series yesterday. British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes commented: "While this is a huge disappointment for British Swimming and fans of diving, the situation is beyond our control. To ensure the athletes can resume the competition we have reluctantly agreed to accept the generous offer of the Mexican Government and Federation to step in to help in what is clearly a challenging time for everyone in Europe.”
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four
The second and final day of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17) concluded with four more gold medals for the Chinese team and the success of its stars Bo Qiu, Zi He, Hao Wang/Chen Ruolin, Zhang Xinhua/Qin Kai. China won seven of the eight titles to be distributed in Mexico, the second stop of this year's series. The only exception to this supremacy happened in the men's 3m springboard event, won by Alexandre Despatie (CAN).
Zi He repeated China's gold medal in Qingdao (first leg of the 2010 circuit) by winning the women's 3m springboard with 385.15 points. Paola Espinosa (MEX) showed at home that she has quality to perform in this event and not just on the 10m platform. The "Mexican princess of diving" took its second silver medal in this series - in the first day, she did in the platform - by accumulating 350.80 points. The podium was completed by Kelcy Bryant (USA), who concluded in third place with 332 units. In this event, Wu Minxia (CHN) had an error in her third dive and finished fifth.
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