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DWS 2014, Moscow Day 2: Second gold for Kuznetsov (RUS)

Diving World Series

On the second day of the fourth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS), everybody was awaiting the new Chinese-Russian battle, now on the men’s 3m springboard. After Kuznetsov/Zakharov first synchro triumph in their career on Day 1, it was interesting to watch if two Russians, both qualified for the final, could break Chinese hegemony one more time. It is Iliya Zakharov, who upset Qin Kai's bid for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

Unfortunately, Qin Kai pulled out from the tournament, after getting the second result in the morning session. He Chong finished seventh in the qualification but he didn’t replace his compatriot and teammate. There was no official information from the Chinese team regarding this situation.

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DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 3: China's Ying Wei, untouchable in women's 3m

Diving Grand Prix

Jennifer Abel of Laval and the synchro tandem of Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito, all Olympic medallists in 2012, earned two silver on Saturday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix.

On women’s 3m springboard, Ying Wei was one of three Chinese winners on the day with 356.30 points. Abel, who wowed the crowd with her tremendous height on take-offs, followed at 339.60 and Uschi Freitag of the Netherlands was third at 332.15. Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., was fifth.

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DWS 2014, Moscow Day 1: Russian pair wins gold with home crowd support

Diving World Series

The Moscow leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series started with a send-off ceremony for two-time Olympic champion Dmitry Sautin and two-time bronze Olympic medallist Gleb Galperin, who officially retired. On finishing their sports carreer, the legendary Russian athletes said: “We put our heart into diving and gave all our energy to this sport. We would like to thank our fans for supporting us. It’s a great pleasure to see so many spectators here today. We hope they will enjoy the competition”.

Actually, they were not disappointed. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Iliya Zakharov (RUS) took the lead after the fifth attempt on the men’s 3m springboard synchro and didn’t miss the chance in round six to celebrate an overall victory over He Chong and Qin Kai (CHN). Kuznetsov/Zakharov won gold with a total score of 463.86. Silver went to China (459.45 points), and bronze to Jack Laugher and Christopher Mears of Great Britain (421.71).


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DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 2: Filion and Benfeito continue to shine at home

Diving Grand Prix

Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., are headed to this weekend’s finals at the FINA Diving Grand Prix after strong performances on Friday at the Centre sportif.

On women’s 10m platform, Filion and Benfeito were second and third in the second semifinal heat with 343.55 and 338.95 points. Qian Ren of China was the day’s top performer at 382.10. The top-three in each of the two semis advanced to Sunday’s final.

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DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 1: Canadian squad advances to finals

Diving Grand Prix

Canadian divers Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware had different viewpoints of their respective performances on Thursday May 1 as both advanced to the women’s 3m final at the third leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Gatineau (CAN).

After ranking first in the morning preliminaries, Abel topped the semifinal with 344.25 points. The two-time Olympian was delighted with her showing after a slow start to the international season.

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DWS 2014, London Day 3: China seals all gold medals

Diving World Series

China confirmed their position as the best diving nation with victory in the men’s and women’s 10m platform events on the final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.

With Qiu Bo not entered into the London leg it was down to World Series debutant Yang Jian to claim the gold in the men’s 10m platform event.

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DWS 2014, London Day 2: He Zi and Chong He golden glory

Diving World Series

The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series saw China’s He Zi and He Chong secure the gold medals in the springboard events. He Zi continued her gold run from Dubai here in London in the 3m springboard after scoring 360.15 points. She made an instant impact in the final with an impressive Inward 2.5 Somersaults piked which scored her 81.00 points.

She was in the lead throughout the final until the penultimate round when team-mate Wang Han overtook her but she scored 76.50 points for her Back 2.5 Somersaults piked to secure her place on the top of the podium.

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DWS 2014, London Day 1: China complete clean sweep in London

Diving World Series

China claimed gold medals in all of the synchronised events on the first day of action at the London leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.

The women’s 10m synchro was the first event up at the London Aquatics Centre and it saw World Champions Chen Roulin and Liu Huixia (CHN) secure the top place on the podium. Chen and Liu looked dominant throughout the final only moving out of the top spot in the second round. They finished the final with a score of 337.14 after securing 79.68 for their Back 2.5 Somersaults 1.5 Twists piked.

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Lochte dampens Phelps comeback at USA Swimming Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona

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Michael Phelps' second race since coming out of retirement was against a familiar rival, Ryan Lochte. Although Phelps was the top qualifier in the morning prelims, Lochte, representing his new team SwimMac, got the better of the world's greatest swimmer in the championship final of the 100m fly at the ARENA Grand Prix. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medallist, touched in 51.93, the second fastest time of the year behind Takuro Fujii's 51.84 set at the Japanese Nationals in Tokyo. Phelps was out in 24.76 at the 50m mark but Lochte turned more than a tenth faster at 24.64 and had more in reserve for his finish. 
 
Phelps' time of 52.13 signaled that his short training has paid dividends, tonight's time tying his with Germany's Steffen Deibler for the fifth fastest time of the year. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 22 career medals was competing for the first time since winning the last of his six medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London – a span of 628 days. Kenya’s Jason Dunford was third in 53.08.

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Big day for Swimming as Olympic legend Phelps returns to competition

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A record-setting 22-time Olympic Games medallist, American Michael Phelps will swim competitively for the first time since winning six medals, four of them gold, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The 28-year-old will join a star-studded field, including Olympic gold medallists Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (USA) on April 24-26. Phelps will compete in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record.

At a press conference today, Phelps told the Associated Press: "I'm doing this for me. If I don't become as successful as you all think I would be or should be and you think it tarnishes my career, then that's your own opinion. I'm doing this because I want to come back and I enjoy being in the pool and I enjoy being in the sport of swimming."


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