He Chao holds nerve to inherit world 3m diving title from big brother
He Chao succeeded his elder brother He Chong as 3m world champion, withstanding a riproaring challenge from Russia’s Olympic gold medallist Ilya Zakharov to put China back on the winning track in the Kazan diving pool and hoist their title tally to seven out of 10. Zakharov laid down a ferocious attack in the fifth and final round, pulling off a forward 4-1/2 somersaults (109C) which netted an enormous 106.40 points to put all the pressure on He Chao, taking on the same high 3.8 difficulty dive. But 23-year-old He, backed by an 11-point lead, did not buckle, earning 102.60 points himself to inherit the title won three times in succession by his 28-year-old brother He Chong, whom he had ousted from the Chinese line-up in the last national trials.
He Chao amassed 555.05 points from his five dives to consign Zakharov (547.60) to his second silver in Kazan, following the Russian’s third consecutive second place in the 3m synchro with Evgeny Kuznetsov. Jack Laugher of Great Britain, who held the lead after round two, clung on to the bronze, netting 528.90 points to stay ahead of Cao Yuan (523.95), former platform diver who won Olympic gold in the 10m synchro in 2012 and shared world gold in Kazan with Qin Kai in the 3m synchro. It was Laugher’s second medal in Kazan, following his bronze with Chris Mears in the 3m synchro, and capped a great week for Britain, which also featured gold for 2009 platform world champion Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree in the new 3m/10m team event. Kuznetsov, like Zakharov and He Chao, also topped the 100-mark with 102.60 for his final 109C but had to settle for fifth after bronze in 2011 and silver in 2013.
Russia captured seventh gold for team free routine
Russia succeeded in team free routine, winning the seventh gold medal in synchro events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. China and Japan are the two other nations on the podium.
Vlada Chigireva, Aleksandra Patskevich, Alla Shishkina, Anzhelika Timanina, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Elena Prokofyeva, Maria Shurochkina and Gelena Topilina performed their incredible “Pray” programme on Nick Cave’s music, which speaks to the heart.
The Russians were very happy to get pretty high marks in the preliminaries (97,6333).
Nevertheless, they were determined to show a better execution in the final. As they say, every single performance is considered to be the performance of their life-time. And Russians were rewarded for their hard work and quest for excellence, earning superior 98,4667 points with “ten” for artistry.
Kazan welcomes first athletes for FINA Masters
Participants to the 16th FINA Masters World Championships have started to arrive in Kazan on Thursday July 30. Delegations and athletes from South Africa, the USA and Russia are settling in the capital city of Tatarstan. The eldest of them is 74 years old.
The 16th FINA World Masters Championships will be held from August 5-16. About 3,000 athletes representing 91 nations are expected to arrive. The Masters athletes will be accommodated in the Athletes’ Village.
Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 3
Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Greece surge into men’s water polo quarterfinals
Kazan, July 31.— Serbia came from two down in the final quarter to defeat Australia 10-9 and earn a quarterfinal berth in men’s water polo day-three action.
The Aussie Sharks controversially had two goals disallowed at the death and had to be satisfied with second in the group. Australia and Montenegro finished tied on points after a 5-5 draw between them two days earlier, but had the better goal differential. In the final Group D match, Montenegro squeezed out Japan 15-10.
Earlier, Hungary claimed the first quarterfinal spot with a 21-4 rout of Argentina, playing its first FINA World Championships. It was a third big win for the defending champion in Group C. Kazakhstan took second spot with a 14-3 win over hapless South Africa.
In Group A, Croatia smashed China 17-1 for group victory and Canada turned a 4-0 opening lead against Brazil into a 10-6 margin for the group’s second spot.
In Group B, Greece produced some top-shelf water polo against Russia, winning 15-11 to take out the group and United States of America settled for second with an 11-9 victory over Italy.
Group A: Croatia 6, Canada 4, Brazil 1, China 1.
Group B: Greece 6, USA 4, Italy 2, Russia 0.
Group C: Hungary 6, Kazakhstan 4, South Africa 2, Argentina 0.
Group D: Serbia 6, Australia 3, Montenegro 3, Japan 0.
Preliminary Round Programme
10:50, CHN v RUS
12:10 ARG v JPN
13:30 CAN v ITA
17:30 BRA v USA
18:50 KAZ v MNE
20:10 RSA v AUS
Russia’s Maltsev and Valitova finally won their gold medal in mixed duet
Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova (RUS) celebrated victory in mixed duet free routine at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.
They missed gold in technical duet two days ago, losing to the first world champions in history Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) some miserable 0,22 points. Russians were very upset, because they counted on tech duo more than on free programme. Technique – is their strong point. But they managed to focus on their performance tonight.
Russians and Americans were again the main rivals. That was a battle of two famous ballet themes, which were chosen to find favour in the eyes of Russian spectators - “Fire bird” by Bill May and Kristina Lum-Underwood and “Swan Lake” by Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova. And once again the advantage of the winners over the runner-ups was not overwhelming. Maltsev and Valitova captured gold (91,7333) with a small margin of 0,2666 points. May and Lum, who was supported by her whole family (parents, husband, 2,5 year old son and 6 month daughter), took the silver medal (91,4667).
Ishchenko and Romashina (RUS) got their fourth gold at halves and first ten points from the judges
The 19-time World Champion Natalia Ishchenko and the 18-time champion Svetlana Romashina from Russia, who won’t take part in group and combi, crowned their unforgettable performance in Kazan with a golden duet free routine on the sixth day of the competition.
With impressive 98,2000 points Ishchenko and Romashina were ahead of Chinese Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan (95,9000), who also presented a remarkable programme. The Ukrainian duet Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshina were extremely happy to finish with a bronze medal, overcoming such strong teams as Japan and Spain. This was the first podium for Ukraine in synchro events in Kazan.
It’s interesting to know, that at the European Cup in Holland, where the Russians presented their amazing free programme “Alians”, the judges made a remark upon the make-up. It was too bright. So Ishchenko and Romashina performed in Kazan with a traditional for synchronized swimmers face-paint. At the same time the technical specialist noticed one more extraordinary thing at the World Chmpionships: both girls had red manicure and pedicure. But it’s said nothing about that in the rules, so the Russian duet could keep it.
Kim Kuk-hyang upstages Chinese 10m favourites for DPR Korea’s first-ever world title
Tiny Kim Kuk-hyang propelled the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to their first-ever gold medal at the FINA World Championships, showing the strongest nerve to trump her Chinese rivals and win the women’s 10m diving crown. Sixteen-year-old Kim trailed defending champion Si Yajie and heir-apparent Ren Qian going into the last round of the five-dive final but threw down an enormous challenge with her concluding back 2-1/2 somersaults with 1-1/2 twists which netted two perfect 10s and a score of 91.20 points. Si, leading into the last round but now with no room for error, tackled the same combination next but faltered and managed only 72.00 points, leaving the destiny of title in the hands of 14-year-old Ren, who had utterly dominated the preliminary and semi-final rounds the previous day. But this time the task proved too much for Ren, who scored 76.80 on that same fateful back dive, leaving her 9.05 points adrift overall. That meant Kim was world champion with an aggregate 397.05 points, relegating Ren to silver on 388.00 and letting in Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia for the bronze on 385.05. Si dropped out of the medals to fourth place, less than a point behind Pamg on 384.40.
Powerful Germany wins 5km team event
A powerful German squad took the gold medal in the Open Water Mixed 5km Team event on the picturesque and placid Kazanka River today finishing in a time of 55:14.4, a little more than 16 seconds ahead of two rival teams that would share the silver medal. The team of Christian Reichert, Rob Muffels and Isabelle Harle captured the 24th gold medal for Germany. Reichert (55:10.9) and Harle (55:14.4) were members of the gold medalling winning team from the 2013 Barcelona World Championships that included the recently retired Thomas Lurz, the most decorated open water swimmer in history.
In the Mixed 5km Team Event each squad leaves 30 seconds apart and their final time is determined when the third swimmer hits the touchpad. Many different strategies are at work between the teammates. In some instances one of the male swimmers serves as the "engine" allowing the female swimmer to draft off the pace setter. The men switch their positions allowing for a fresh swimmer to serve as the "engine". In other cases one of the male swimmers will take the lead and also be in change of the pace and navigation.
Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 3
Spain, Australia, Italy and host Russia through to quarterfinals of women’s water polo competition
Spain, Australia, Italy and Russia have won their respective groups and qualified for automatic entry to the quarterfinals from third-day action of women’s water polo competition.
In Group A, Spain beat Canada 12-6 in the all-important decider while Kazakhstan finished third thanks to six goals from Aizan Akilbayeva for a 14-4 margin over New Zealand.
In Group B, Australia headed off Netherlands 8-6 to win the group and Greece made short work of South Africa 20-4 for its first win and third place.
In Group C, Italy bounced Brazil 15-6 for top slot while Olympic champion United States of America downed winless Japan 17-2 for second spot.
In Group D, Russia and China fought out a 9-9 draw giving Russia the group win on goal differential and Hungary had a first win against France — 18-3.
Group A: Spain 6, Canada 4, Kazakhstan 2, New Zealand 0.
Group B: Australia 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, South Africa 0.
Group C: Italy 6, USA 4, Brazil 2, Japan 0.
Group D: Russia 5, China 5, Hungary 2, France 0.
Daley and Gallantree win diving world title for Great Britain
Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree struck world gold for Great Britain, resoundingly beating a pair of newly crowned Chinese champions to claim the inaugural mixed team diving title in Kazan’s Aquatics Palace. Daley, world 10m champion in 2009, excelled himself with monumental scores in his two dives on the 10m tower in the three-round event in which each of the duo dived alternately three times, with at least one dive each on the 3m and 10m boards. It capped a great couple of days for Britain after Jack Laugher and Chris Mears had scooped bronze in the men’s 3m synchro final the previous evening, the nation’s first world championship diving medals since Daley’s triumph six years earlier.
The British pair, diving second of the 14 duos, won with 434.65 points, with Ukraine charging through in the last round to snatch the silver (426.45) and relegate China’s Xie Siyi and Chen Ruolin to bronze (425.40), with the Russian hosts denied a medal in fourth place (418.50).
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