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DWS 2015, London, Day 3: Tom Daley (GBR) takes gold in the platform event

Diving World Series

They came in their hundreds to support Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist, Tom Daley, and he didn’t disappoint taking gold in the men’s 10m Platform on the final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London in front of a packed home crowd.

In a commanding display Daley led from start to finish ending his six dive routine with 554.05 points for a comfortable 35.30 point victory over China’s Yang Jian, winner of the 2014 World Series in London, who took silver with 518.75 points.


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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: USA wins in Auckland (NZL)

World League

auckland6United States of America needed a penalty shootout to beat Australia  for the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament title at West Waves Aquatic Centre today In Auckland (NZL).

Australia pulled back a goal in the last 10 seconds for an 8-8 finish at fulltime to force the shootout, but missed twice while USA scored all four attempts. In the bronze-medal match, Canada came from three goals behind to beat China 9-7 in what was an enthralling encounter.



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DWS 2015, London, Day 2: Russia breaks China’s dominance

Diving World Series

Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov broke China’s dominance of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London taking gold in a high scoring, high quality men’s 3m springboard final.

It was the first gold medal of the London event to go to a diver outside China.

Kuznetsov, silver medallist in the 3m synchro springboard at the London 2012 Olympic Games, produced a superb final dive, a forward 4 ½ somersault tucked, to score 98.80 points for a final total of 519.40 points. It was enough to move him from third place after five rounds to first after six.

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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia-USA final; fifth berth up for grabs

World League

auckland5Australia will play eight-time FINA World League champion United States of America for the gold medal at the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre on Sunday. The Aussie Stingers won through with a comfortable 13-6 margin over China but USA turned from 7-4 ahead at halftime to shrug off a determined Canada 11-9.

China, the 2013 World League champion, will play for bronze with Canada. It is irrelevant in the overall scheme of things as all four teams have qualified for the Super Final in Shanghai next month.



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DWS 2015, London, Day 1: China wins all four events in London on first day

Diving World Series

Normal service resumed, on the opening day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London, as Chinese divers claimed all four of the day’s titles.

The women’s and men’s 3m Synchro Springboard and women’s and men’s 10m Synchro Platform all went China’s way just as they had at the three earlier events in the Diving World Series in Beijing, Dubai and Kazan.

The men’s 3m Synchro Springboard proved to be the most dramatic of the day as Qin Kai and Cao Yuan showed why they have three Olympic titles between building on a slender 1.20 point lead, after round one, to eventually take gold with 447.75 points.


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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Top four emerge in Auckland (NZL)

World League

auckland4Four teams have qualified for the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai (CHN) next month, winning their quarterfinals on day four of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre today.

Canada beat Kazakhstan 11-3, reigning World League champion United States of America dropped Japan 17-0, Australia had by far the better of Brazil 17-4 and China came from behind to defeat New Zealand 14-6.




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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn,. Day 3: Australia and USA top groups heading into quarterfinals

World League

auckland3Australia and United States of America won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In Group A, China needed sudden-death in the penalty shootout to beat Brazil 15-14. It was Brazil’s second successive penalty shootout loss, having earned a chance with a 9-9 equalising goal inside the final two minutes. The win was good enough for second place in the group for China.

United States of America, eight times a winner of the Super Final, breezed home against Kazakhstan in a week where cruisy matches are the exception. The 15-6 scoreline not only showed how well the USA has improved since day one, but also how well Kazakhstan responded to the lift in playing quality. Both teams said, however, that they had plenty of room to improve.


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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China

World League

auckland2Reigning champion United States of America overcame 2013 champion China 8-2 on the second day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In the Group A match, USA needed a six-goal burst in the final six minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock that had the multiple champion team scoreless for the previous 20 minutes of play. It also meant a second straight win. Brazil and Kazakhstan battled hard in their encounter with Brazil coming back to level the match five times for 8-8 at fulltime, only to lose the shootout 12-11 to a joyful Kazakhstan.



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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: World’s best teams succeed on opening

World League

Auckland1There was plenty of action on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL). All teams looked unsettled to start with, bringing youngsters and inexperienced players alike, looking for more settled teams as the week progresses.

In Group A, reigning World League, Olympic and world champion USA turned tied first and second quarters against Brazil into an 8-3 third-break margin before closing at 9-4. And the more experienced Canada put away host New Zealand 15-7.



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DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 3: Golden day for Canada and China

Diving World Series

The final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan was marked by Canadian triumph on the women’s 10m platform.

The boys from team Canada were clapping and whistling to cheer up and to congratulate their teammate Meaghan Benfeito after the overall rank 1 popped up on the scoreboard.

The battle for gold in the first event of the evening played out between Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) and Chen Ruolin (CHN) and ended in favour of the Canadian, who left her opponent just 1.35 point behind (338.10 and 381.75 points respectively). Tonia Couch of Great Britain won the bronze medal with a total score of 360.30.

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