Women's Super Final 2014, Day 2: Russia's miraculous comeback against the World champions
Russia made a minor miracle coming back from 8-2 down against Spain and unlike on the opening day, this time they won the penalty shootout.
Jennifer Pareja scored 7 for Spain, including three from penalties, but missed a crucial one in the shootout. The other games provided less excitement, USA outplayed Canada, Italy woke up in time against Brazil while China had too many misses to keep up with Australia.
Women's Super Final, Day 1: Italy stuns China thanks to impressive Silvia Motta
Italy stunned the Chinese side on the opening day thanks to the outstanding individual effort of Silvia Motta who scored 5 goals, 4 of them within 4:30 minutes in the third period.
The big clash of the day between the USA and Russia ended in a penalty shootout with the US prevailing. Spain managed to pull off a tight win over Canada while Australia was too strong for Brazil.
DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 3: Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) and Qiu Bo (CHN), the best on the platform
The atmosphere at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León continued to electrify as the competition unfolded on the last day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Monterrey with intense battles in the men's and women's 10m platform finals.
Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) stunned Chinese favourite Liu Huixia to capture gold while China's Qiu Bo was back on top after taking out the men's event.
DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 2: Hausding (GER) wins first individual gold in 3m springboard
On Day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Monterrey, Patrick Hausding (GER) claimed his first individual World Series gold medal, taking out the men's 3m springboard and beating by only 3.55 points reigning World champion He Chong from China.
Hausding kept the lead all the way throughout the final, performing brilliantly all of his six dives: a good height, vertical and clean entry in the water, he controlled his dives, which were of a high degree of difficulty. In the fifth round, he received 100.70 points for his Forward 4.5 Somersaults, tucked (109C).
DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 1: China sweeps all four synchro events
China was invincible on Day 1 of the last FINA/NVC Diving World Series stop in Monterrey, Mexico, on June 6. The number-1 diving powerhouse swept all four synchronised events at stake.
Reigning World champion He Zi and Wang Han kept main challengers at bay in the women's 3m springboard synchro to capture gold with a total score of 321.60. Local hero Laura Sanchez, 2012 Olympic medallist, combined with new partner Dolores Hernandez to earn silver, totalling 313.50. Canadian pair Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware Canada secured the bronze medal with 309.48 points.
DWS 2014, Monterrey: world-class divers ready to put on a show!
The world's best divers are in Monterrey (MEX) for the sixth and final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014, taking place from June 6-8. At a press conference held on Thursday June 5, some of the best divers in action shared their feelings ahead of the competition this weekend.
"We are excited to compete in Monterrey, we want to show the result from hard-work training," said reigning World champion He Zi (CHN). Two-time World champion Qiu Bo added: "We all want to win, that's why we are here."
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 3: China's Cao Yuan earns 10 perfect 10s in platform event
China's gold medal winner Cao Yuan earned a total 10 perfect 10s in his assault of the 10m platform event in Windsor, on Day 3 of the fifth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014.
The 19-year-old claimed his third gold medal in a single World Series meet. With the two synchro gold medals he won on Friday Cao becomes the first diver in World Series history to achieve this feat.
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 2: China's He Chong wins men's 3m
China's He Chong won his 12th gold medal in Diving World Series history defeating Great Britain's Jack Laugher by 17.55 points. Only his first dive was ranked the best of the round, while Laugher's second and fifth dives were the best of each of those rounds. He's 3.4 point lead in the first round and his overall consistency in the remaining five dives kept him in the lead throughout the entire competition. His lead after three dives was 13.25 points and he went on to score a total of 521.85 points after six dives.
The Chinese diver announced: "I'm very happy with today's result. My body is not as strong as before, my physique is declining. My knees have been giving me problems because I am aging and because the difficulty of the dives is increasing."
DWS 2014, Windsor Day 1: Chinese pair wins two World Series gold on same day
After winning the 10m synchro on day 1 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Windsor (CAN), Chinese divers Cao Yuan and Lin Yue repeated on the 3m springboard this evening to became the first divers to win two World Series gold medals on the same day. "It was amazing and we are feeling really good," said Lin after winning both the 3m and 10m synchro events.
"We credit our daily training together, non stop and 7 days a week" said Cao. Cao has won eight World Series medals in 2014. The record for a single season is 10, set by Russia's Victor Minibaev who collected one gold, seven silver and two bronze medals in 2013.
DWS 2014, Windsor: Diving Canada predicts medals in all women’s events
The trophy case in the lobby of the Winter International Aquatic and Training Centre located in Windsor, Canada is filled with memorabilia which chronicles the region's proud athletic history. Not surprisingly most of the exhibits commemorated the nation's rich tradition of dominant performances on the frozen ponds, lakes and ice rinks of the Ontario province. You'll see a bright red jacket from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games worn by John Loring, one of the greatest Canadian track and field athlete of all time. There are even a few photographs, yellowing with age, featuring swim teams from the 1970's. You can look hard, but you won't find any diving memorabilia behind the glass.
Thanks to efforts of Mayor Eddie Francis and Diving Canada there may be a need to expand the trophy case in the very near future. The fifth stop of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series is scheduled to begin today at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre located just 0.5 mile from the city of Detroit, Michigan across from Lake Michigan. A total of USD$96,000 in prize money will be distributed to athletes placing first, second and third in the eight individual and synchro events during the World Series event this weekend.
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