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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)


DWS 2012, Tijuana: Espinosa (MEX) crowned in 10m platform

Diving World Series

Tijuana, MEXICO - China, Mexico and the United States were the countries that dominated the first day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012, held at the Aquatic Complex High Performance Center in Tijuana from April 20-21.

As one of the best in the world and the Americas, home hero Paola Espinosa won in front of her crowd the gold medal in the women's 10m platform with a total 367.40 points.With the absence in the event of Olympic champion Ruolin Chen, who will only compete in the 10m platform synchro, Espinosa wove her own competition, carried the Mexican flag to the top and had the national anthem replayed.


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DWS 2012: Tijuana to welcome the world's best divers for final showdown

Diving World Series

TIJUANA, Mexico - The world's best divers are in the border city of Tijuana for the fourth and final leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012, to be held at the High Performance Sports Center, in Baja California, Mexico, from April 20-21. The event brings together the best divers from twelve nations for the most important showdown ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games: China, Canada, USA, Italy, Ukraine, Britain, Malaysia, Germany, France and Mexico to name a few. 

The competition programme includes 3m springboard and 10m platform individual and synchro for women's and men's. The pool has been equipped with bleachers to welcome 2,200 people, which can be appreciated from any angle competencies in addition to the webcast and TV. In 2008, Tijuana already hosted a Series leg, which turned out to be a great success ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where home hero Paola Espinosa and duo partner Tatiana Ortiz earned the bronze in the 10m platform synchro event.

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DWS 2012, Beijing: Daley cheers for day-high as China completes a sweep

Diving World Series

Men's 10m Platform Podium: Thomas DALEY (GBR), Bo QIU (CHN) & Peter WATERFIELD (GBR) - credit: Gong Lei/XinhuaWith a day-high score 103.60 points for his dive - a Forward 4.5 Somersault, Tuck - Britain's talent Thomas Daley was satisfied with a silver medal behind world champion Qiu Bo in the men's 10m platform. The Chinese divers got all eight gold medals on offer once more at the second meet of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012 in Beijing (CHN).

Comparing to last year's 600 plus form, Qiu collected only five full marks and 566.50 points for the gold, after a mistake in his fourth dive (a Back 3.5 Somersault, Pike - with a poor 88.20, which came just after Daley's near-perfect dive. Daley finished with silver with a total 541.15 while teammate Peter Waterfield claimed third spot with a score of 531.80.

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DWS 2012, Beijing: Chinese divers boil up "Water Cube" on Day 1

Diving World Series

Men's 3m Springboard Podium: Kai QIN (CHN), Chong HE (CHN) & Julian SANCHEZ (MEX) - credit: Jia Yuchen

Coming back to the "Water Cube", China's National Aquatic Center in Beijing, Chinese divers maintained the status quo on Day 1 of the second stage of the 2012 FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012 by winning the four gold medals on offer, leaving the silver and bronze to divers from Mexico, Canada, USA, Great Britain, Germany and Malaysia.

Olympic and World Cup champion He Chong dominated the men's 3m springboard, winning in 548.70 points with a game-high 99.45 for his last dive - a Forward 2.5 Somersault 3 Twists, Pike. He led teammate Qin Kai for a 1-2 finish as Qin totalled 509.55 points. Mexico's Julian Sanchez was third with a score of 471.05, ahead of American veteran Troy Dumais and Canadian diving star Alexandre Despatie, who stunned the audience with brilliant performances.

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DWS 2012, Dubai: Chinese reign supreme taking all 8 golds

Diving World Series

Women’s 3m Springboard Gold Medalist Minxia WU (CHN)In a somewhat predictable, but nonetheless still thrilling result, the Chinese diving team reigned supreme this weekend at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Dubai. After collected four golds from four finals on the first night, China again proved their dominance of world diving by taking the final four events tonight.

In the first final of the evening, the women’s 3m springboard synchro, Wu Minxia showed her composure and experience, coming from behind to take the gold.  She started slowly with a relatively low scoring dive which put her in fifth place, but showed her mettle by gradually building throughout the competition to take first place with her last dive. She top scored with her second last dive, collecting 81.00 points. Wu took gold by the smallest of margins, edging out countrywoman He Zi by just .70 of a point on her last dive, for China to take gold and silver.

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DWS 2012, Dubai: China dominates on Day 1

Diving World Series

Chen Ruolin (CHN) in actionThe world’s best divers demonstrated their talent and breath-taking skills tonight in the Day 1 finals of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Dubai. An appreciative 2000 strong crowd witnessed the first ever diving competition in Dubai and watched the Chinese dominance of diving continue with the star studded team taking all four gold medals on offer.

In the first event, the men’s 3m springboard final the World Champion He Chong did not disappoint with a convincing win over Illya Zakharov of Russia with He’s countryman Qin Kai third. He Chong started a little slowly with an uncharacteristic 75.00 point first dive, but quickly regained form and was never headed, remaining in first place throughout the competition.

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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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