Phelps wins 100m fly in Charlotte, hungry for more
There's something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in the only final we'll see from him this week at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix, won the men's 100m butterfly in a 52.13. That ties his sixth-best-in-the-world time from the Mesa Grand Prix in April, as he's now gone identical times in both of his 100m fly finals swims since returning from retirement. This was Phelps' first win since his return to competition.
While the final time was the same, Phelps swam a very different race in Charlotte than he did in Mesa. With a fast-starting Belarusian Pavel Sankovich next to him, Phelps went after the first 50 to the tune of a 24.3 front-half split. That's a significant four-tenths better than he was in his first 50 in Mesa, where he was next to Ryan Lochte, who like Phelps is not known as a fast-starter in the 100m fly.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 3: China dominates 10m platform events
The final day of the fourth stage of FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS) on May 2-4, featured the most thrilling event on the competition programme, the men’s 10m platform, with Victor Minibaev (RUS) on-hand.
Among women, Liu Huixia (411.40 points) and Chen Ruolin (397.45) topped the podium well ahead of Ukranian Yulia Prokopchuk (380.10). Liu Huixia, satisfied with her performance, said on her result: "The evening session dives were much better than in the preliminary round. So I’m quite happy."
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 4: First international win for Abel and Ware
Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., won their first international gold medal topping the women’s 3m synchro event on Sunday at the Canadian leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2014.
Roseline Filion of Laval and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal added silver and bronze respectively on women’s 10m platform. Canada ended the four-day competition with five medals (one gold, three silver and a bronze).
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 2: Second gold for Kuznetsov (RUS)
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.
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 3: China's Ying Wei, untouchable in women's 3m
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.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 1: Russian pair wins gold with home crowd support
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).
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 2: Filion and Benfeito continue to shine at home
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.
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 1: Canadian squad advances to finals
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.
DWS 2014, London Day 3: China seals all gold medals
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.
DWS 2014, London Day 2: He Zi and Chong He golden glory
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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