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."
DWS 2015, Beijing Day 3: Yang edges Olympic champion Boudia in 10m platform
With a gruelling 123 points for his last dive, a Forward 4.5 Somersaults, Piked, local hope Yang Jian celebrated his men's 10m platform title in front of an ecstatic crowd on the last day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series meet in Beijing today, March 15.
Yang stunned a field of big names, including U.S. Olympic champion in the event David Boudia, current World champion Qiu Bo (CHN) and World bronze medallist Sascha Klein (GER), making his mark in the event by scoring a total 587.40 points.
DWS 2015, Beijing Day 2: Chinese extend winning streak in 3m events
China's World champions Shi Tingmao and He Chong captured the gold in the women's and men's 3m springboard on Day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Beijing. Mixed pair He Zi/Chen Aisen were the first to claim victory in the 3m synchro, new on the programme.
On her way to claim the women's 3m springboard title, Shi Tingmao led from the first round to beat close challenger and current World champion in the event He Zi, snatching her first individual victory in the Series with a total 389.60. He Zi took second in 372.90 while Pamela Ware of Canada placed third in 335.25.
DWS 2015, Beijing Day 1: Host China sweeps synchro events
Host China took all four titles on offer on Day 1 of the inaugural FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 leg, which takes place in Beijing on March 13-15.
Four-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin and her world championships golden partner Liu Huixia remained unchallenged in the women's 10m synchro, amassing 345.36 points. Mun Yee Leong/Jun Hoong Cheong of Malaysia came second with a total 320.28 while Canadian pair Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion claimed the bronze with a score of 310.86.
Mixed diving to invigorate Diving World Series
The ninth edition of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 starts on Friday March 13 at the National Aquatic Center in Beijing, with the world leading diving stars aiming to build themselves up before the World Championships later this year in Kazan.
Mixed synchronised events – 3m springboard and 10m platform – are set to join the three-day competition. The Series tour from Beijing to Dubai (UAE), Kazan (RUS), London (GBR), Windsor (CAN) before culminating in Merida (MEX) at the end of May.
Preparation works start at Kazan Arena Stadium for 2015 World Championships
Preparatory works for the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 are underway at the Kazan Arena Stadium. For the first time in the history of football stadiums and FINA World Championships, the competitions will be staged on the football field with two temporary pools, one for competitions (50x25x3m) and one for practices (50x25x2m).
The stadium is going to host swimming and synchronised swimming events. Both temporary pools will be installed on the main venue with the help of Myrtha Pools, the Official FINA Partner, and in compliance with the FINA requirements. The seating capacity will reach approximately 11,000.
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