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Super Final 2013 (Women): Olympic champion USA loses in penalty shootout to host China

World League

BEIJING, China (June 1) - Olympic champion United States of America suffered a dramatic, sudden-death, penalty-shootout loss to host China on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing. Featuring new players and some new coaches, the Super Final is an excellent chance for athletes to cement their positions ahead of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona next month.

The 3000-strong crowd in the revamped Water Cube main auditorium was treated to some spectacular water polo as the Chinese team went three goals up against the USA, only to see the multiple World League champion level the game at 9-9 by the end of the third quarter and then 10-10 just before full time to force the shootout.

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DWS 2013 – Guadalajara #2 Day 3: Qiu Bo and Si Yajie, from China, conclude with gold

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Qiu Bo and Si Yajie, from China, were the last winners of this year’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series, getting the gold in the 10m platform for men and women respectively, in the final day of the sixth leg of the circuit, held in Guadalajara (MEX) on May 24-26. Their performances were witnessed by more than 5000 spectators in the Pan American Aquatics Complex.

After getting the silver at the 2012 Olympics, Qiu Bo made a successful comeback in Mexico, overcame his injuries, and managed to execute a perfect 626B dive (armstand backward triple somersault, pike – DD 3.5), getting 10s from all the judges for a total of 105.00. Some minutes later, on a 109B (forward 4 ½ somersault, pike – DD 4.1), he also impressed the judges, getting marks from 9.0 to 10, and a result of 112.75. In the end, he finished 80 points ahead his main challengers, accumulating 572.20.

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DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 2: China controls 3m springboard finals

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - China dominated the 3m springboard finals of the sixth leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series taking place in Guadalajara (MEX), with He Zi and He Chao winning the women's and men's event respectively. Over 3000 spectators were present this Saturday in the Pan American Aquatics Complex to cheer the best divers in the world, gathered in the last meet of this year's World Series.
 
He Zi largely controlled the 3m individual event throughout the circuit, with five titles (her teammate Shi Tingmao was the best in Moscow). The elegance and correcteness of her dives, as well as clean entries in the water, gave He the first place with 370.05 points. Wang Han, also from China, took the silver in 354.75. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) and Laura Sanchez (MEX) fought for the bronze medal, which in the end went to the Italian star (335.90 against 331.90 for Sanchez).

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DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 1: China and Mexico share gold in synchro events

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas were the home heroes on the first day of the sixth and final leg of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Guadalajara (MEX) on May 24-26. The Mexican pair won the gold in the men's 3m springboard synchro event, totalling 455.31. Their success was mostly due to the choice of the Degree of Difficulty (DD) of their combinations - the highest of the session - and to the fine execution of their dives. One week ago, in the same venue, they were also first, after bronze medals in previous meets in Beijing, Dubai and Moscow.

China finished second with He Chao and Li Shixin, adding 444.09. The bronze medal went to Nicholas Robinson-Baker and Christopher Mears (GBR) with 422.94.

"We have been very regular since the start of the season in January; the results of our work are here! My best birthday gift was the gold medal, I will remember it all my life," said Daniel Islas, who turned 21 on May 24. "We knew the competition would be difficult in the third and fourth dive. When we raised our degree of difficulty (5156B, 3.9), the final got more interesting," considered Yahel Castillo.


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Synchro - info on the Solo and Duet Technical Finals

BCN2013 - Synchro

Following the request from the Host Broadcaster Television for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 and other FINA Television partners, the duration of the finals for solo and duet technical routines in Synchronised Swimming needs to be increased.

The FINA TSSC has carefully considered the situation and has proposed to the FINA Bureau for the first 16 ranked solos and duets to qualify for the technical finals instead of 12. The number of teams for the Team Technical Routine Finals would remain 12 as per previous World Championships.

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DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 3: China's Qiu Bo and Huixia Liu dominate 10m platform

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Qiu Bo and Huixia Liu from China were dominant in the men's and women's 10m platform, respectively, on day 3 of competition at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Guadalajara on May 19.

Qiu Bo is back and performed brilliantly, earning perfect 10s in two of his dives: a Back 3.5 Somersault (207B, DD 3.6) and a Reverse 3.5 Somersault (307C, DD 3.3). Qiu Bo was again the king of the platform and totalled a grueling score of 550.40 points. It was a close competition with Mexicans Ivan Garcia, silver medallist with 534.05 and German Sanchez, bronze medallist with 507.80 points.



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DGP 2013, San Juan day 4: China pockets six titles

Diving Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – China easily dominated the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico winning gold in six out of eight events in both men and women categories. The Chinese women's team won gold in all four diving events.

The Chinese synchro diving team of Qu Lin and Zhang Jun easily won the women's 3m springboard with a score of 292.80. China's Jie Lian and Huang Xiaohui had also won gold and silver in the women's 10m platform. Inge Jansen and Celine Van Duijn from the Netherlands won the silver medal and American divers Madison Witt and Eszter Pryor scored 271.80 points to win the bronze.

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DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 2: China's Zi He and Mexico's Yahel Castillo win 3m springboard

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Mexico and China bagged more gold medals on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Guadalajara with Zi He (CHN) and Yahel Castillo (MEX) taking out the women's and men's 3m springboard, respectively.  For Mexico, this is the first time in their history that they pocket three titles in one edition of the Series (plus one silver).
 

Zi He (CHN) collected her fourth title of the 2013 season, remaining unbeaten and winning with a total 376.10 points. Laura Sanchez (MEX) won the silver medal with 371.40 and Jennifer Abel (CAN), bronze in 370.05.


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DGP 2013, San Juan day 3: Colombia and China win synchro events

Diving Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Colombian divers Cristian Arayon and Miguel Reyes came out with the gold in the men's 3m springboard synchro at the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Arayon and Reyes scored 359.31 points after their six dives, besting the teams from the United States, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

"This is a highly competitive event, with countries like China and Brazil as top performers. There were several competitors performing excellent dives here that increased the competitiveness of the meet," said Reyes after receiving his gold medal.

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DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 1: Golden day for Mexico and China

Diving World Series

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - China and Mexico repeated as gold medallists on the opening day of the fifth round of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013, held in Guadalajara, Jalisco (MEX) from May 17-19. In his homeland, to the sound of mariachi, Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez, dubbed the 'wonder boys' for their prowess in the air and high degree of difficulty, won the gold medal in the men's 10m platform synchro with a total 467.55 points.

The Mexican pair, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, delighted their audience and were applauded in each of their six dives. Russia took the second place with Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov totalling 428.49. The bronze went to Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre of Cuba with 409.11 points, with one more medal going to Latin America.

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