Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform

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The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.
 
In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another favourite of the championship, Song Anxin from China (404.30) and Christina Wassen from Germany (400.40).


The podium of the Girls B 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australia

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The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25.
 
“I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.


Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 4: Colombia and Japan collect gold

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The fourth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) saw new champions coming from Colombia and Japan, the seventh silver for Russia and one more gold for China. Alejandro Arias Munoz from Colombia emerged victorious in the Boys A 1m springboard with a total score of 531.20, leaving his runner-up more than 20 points behind.

As for the silver medal, there were four contenders for the “vice champion title”. Kacper Jakub Lesiak, from Poland, was in second position until the last attempt: then, a mistake ruined his hopes of medal and he ended up being only fifth (498.40). German Timo Barthel overtook Lesiak but didn’t manage to get on the podium, losing by just 5.60 points to Chinese Huang Bowen. The winner of the 3m springboard final captured the bronze this time earning 510.30. Silver went to Mexican Diego Rodrigo, whose advantage over Bowen was only 0.95 points.


Action in Penza - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 3: Second gold for Wu (CHN), Larsen wins for Denmark

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On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.

But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.


The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 2: China 2 – Mexico 1

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The second day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) confirmed the Chinese supremacy in the girls’ springboard events. China claimed two victories and one bronze medal. Mexican divers showed perfect partnership in the boys’ 3m synchro springboard.

It all started with the Girls A (16-18 years old) final in the 1 m springboard, where Wu Chunting won the gold with a total score of 421.30. In fact, Australian Maddison Keeney was the overwhelming favourite coming from the preliminaries and until the last dive. She executed a very difficult programme, composed from “men” dives. None of her challengers presented such a high level. But Keeney didn’t manage to control the pressure: she missed her fourth attempt and moved to the third place, totaling 415 points. After that decisive mistake, Maddison left the pool in tears. At the award ceremony, she was very quiet and unemotional.


The diving pool in Penza (RUS) - Photo credit: Vladimir Pavlovskiy

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