DWS 2015, London, Day 1: China wins all four events in London on first day
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.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Top four emerge in Auckland (NZL)
Four 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.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn,. Day 3: Australia and USA top groups heading into quarterfinals
Australia 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.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China
Reigning 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.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: World’s best teams succeed on opening
There 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.
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 3: Golden day for Canada and China
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.
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 2: China takes two gold out of three, giving way to Great Britain in men’s 3m springboard
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan saw team China secure the gold medals in women’s 3m individual springboard and mixed 3m synchro event, but lose –once again after Dubai stage - their hegemony in the men’s field.
In the first event of the evening, Shi Tingmao (СHN) successfully finished the final with a score of 384.60 points, leaving behind her teammate Wang Han (335.30) and Jennifer Abel of Canada (363.00).
On her performance Shi Tingmao, who got the second gold at this meet, said: "My dives were not as good as in the morning session. Maybe I have got tired after the synchro event".
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 1: China starts with four gold
China collected all four titles on offer on Day 1 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan. It all started in the morning session, when China dominated the 10m synchro platform event.
In the women’s final multiple Olympic and World champion Chen Ruolin and 10m overall Series winner in 2014 Liu Huixia predictably took the gold with a total of 338.88 points.
FINA suspends SportAccord membership
On April 22, 2015 FINA has temporarily suspended its SportAccord membership, informing its President Marius Vizer. Moreover, FINA has also written to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach to “assure FINA’s collaboration and support to the IOC 2020 Agenda and its objectives”.
FINA meets Russia’s Minister of Sport
Within the frame of the SportAccord convention in Sochi (RUS), the FINA authorities have met on April 21 the Minister of Sport from Russia, Mr. Vitaly Mutko. The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had the opportunity to discuss the preparation of the 16th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships this summer in Kazan (RUS).
During the meeting, Mr. Mutko reaffirmed once more the total support and engagement of the Russian highest authorities to the organisation of FINA’s major event. The Russian Minister of Sport ensured that everything in Kazan will be ready to host a great Aquatic Festival and that optimal conditions are waiting the Aquatic stars from the five continents.
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