DWS 2015, Dubai Day 3: Qiu Bo (CHN) back on top
The final competition session of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Dubai (UAE) on March 21, 2015 was a breath-taking master class in diving, with the men’s 10m platform final field featuring every medallist from the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 FINA World Championships. The line up more than lived up to their reputation too, offering up a truly spectacular display of world class diving, including five perfect dives, three from World champion Qiu Bo, and one each from Tom Daley and Jian Yang.
Over 2'000 people flocked to the Hamdan Sports Complex for the highly anticipated event and to see the world’s best in action, and were not disappointed. Along with Qiu, Daley and Jian, the field included Olympic champion David Boudia, World championships bronze medallist Sascha Klein, and Mexico’s Ivan Garcia.
DWS 2015, Dubai Day 2: Laugher (GBR) takes gold in 3m final
The 3m springboard finals of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 delivered great excitement for the huge crowds at the Hamdan Sports Complex tonight, as Great Britain’s Jack Laugher gave a superb display of precision diving to break China’s stranglehold and win gold with 564.35 points, a huge 32.50 points clear of world champion He Chong.
In a dominant display usually only seen from China, Laugher took the lead in round one and did not relinquish it, scoring over 90 points for all but one of his dives. To the delight of the supportive crowd he top scored with his final dive, posting 97.20 for his Back 3.5 Somersaults, Tucked.
DWS 2015, Dubai: China faces tough competition but takes gold on Day 1
The Chinese dominance of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series continued today as they took all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the second round of the Series at the Hamdan Sports Complex. However while the Chinese were untroubled in their victories in the men’s 10m synchro and women’s 3m synchro, they faced tough competition in the other two finals held today, the women’s 10m synchro and men’s 3m synchro.
The first event of the day, the women’s 10m synchro saw Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion come within a whisker of gold, with China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia winning by just 3.39 points, and in the last event of the night, China’s Qin Kai and Cao Yuan managed to hold off a strong finish by Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, winning by just 8.28 points.
Daley dives into Dubai
Diving superstar Tom Daley hit the beach at Burj Al Arab on March 18, 2015 ahead of this week’s second round of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, taking place from March 19-21.
Daley, of Great Britain, said: “I love being back in Dubai, this World Series is great, as soon as you walk in here straight away it feels like a competition and a big deal. It’s a really good atmosphere, and there’s lots of support for the Brits which I like."
Reymond: "It was an extraordinary race!"
The second leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup was successfully hosted on March 13, 2015 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Before the race, six-time World champion Britta Kamrau, also a FINA Athletes Committee member, told local newspaper Gulf News: "My last career meet was here in Abu Dhabi and it is nice to be back. It was one of my favourite marathon races.”
“I’m also happy that the race is back on the circuit. The UAE has always been important for FINA. The organisers have put in a lot of effort and you can feel it."
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