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DGP 2013, San Juan day 2: Chinese divers top favourites ahead of finals

Diving Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Chinese divers easily advanced on Friday to the men's 3m springboard and women's 10m platform finals at the fifth meet of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 16-19.

Sun Zhiyi dominated the men's 3m springboard with 493.60 points, more than 44 points ahead of Brazil’s Cesar Castro, his closest challenger in the event. Zhiyi averaged 8.36 points in the event. Castro, a veteran of three Olympiads, said he is focusing on always improving his performance, but acknowledged the Chinese diving team has demonstrated to be "the strongest in the competition".

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DGP 2013, San Juan day 1: nice start for Chinese, Canadian and Dutch divers

Diving Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Top qualifier China advance to the men’s 10m platform and women’s 3m springboard finals after finishing first in both events on the opening day of San Juan's Diving Grand Prix, organised from May 16-19.

Huo Liang (Group A) and Jiang Yang (Group B) finished 1-2 in the 10m platform with 526.75 and 489.75 points, respectively. Cristian Arayon (COL, 406.55 points) and Robert Paez (VEN, 404.15 points) from semi final A and Philippe Gagne (CAN, 389.00 points) and David Dinsmore (USA, 383.50 points) from semi final B also made it to the men's 10m platform final.

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DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 4: China completes sweep of gold

Diving Grand Prix

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) won the silver medal on 3m Sunday as the fourth stop of the FINA Diving Grand Prix came to a close at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

China completed the sweep, winning four more gold medals to walk away with victories on all eight events this week. He Chao won the men’s 3m gold and Jie Lian took the women’s platform title. Zhang Jun and Qu Lin paired for the women’s  3m synchro crown, and Huo Liang and Jian Yan teamed up to win the men’s 10m synchro title.

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DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 3: China's Zhang Jun and Yanquan Zhang take gold in 3m and 10m events

Diving Grand Prix

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) won the silver medal on 10m Saturday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix, his first meet since winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games.

China won all four gold medals awarded Saturday. Zhang Yanquan edged Boudia for the 10m gold, and Zhang Jun took gold in the women’s 3m contest. He Chao and Li Shixin paired for the men’s 3m synchro gold, with Jie Lian and Huang Xiaohui winning the women’s 10m synchro title.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 6: Uzbekistan triumphs over Egypt 8-5 and wins Trophy

WP Development Trophy

FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarOn the final day of the 4th FINA Men’s Water Polo World Development Trophy, Peru rested. They had finished sixth in Group A and, with 11 teams participating in the event, they became the 11th ranked team in the tournament. The ninth place game was played between another team from the Americas, Guatemala, and an Asian representative – Singapore. From the outset, this was a ‘no contest’. Singapore held the Guatemalans scoreless in the first period jumping out to a 4-0 lead. They continued to dominate leading 11-2 and 17-4 at the end of the next two periods before holding Guatemala down in the fourth period to win by a final score of 20-5. This gave Singapore a ninth place finish while Guatemala finished tenth giving the Americas the bottom two places.

The next morning game saw two African teams – South Africa and Tunisia battle it out for seventh place. The South Africans grabbed a 3-1 first period lead. Tunisia cut the deficit to 1 by the end of the half, trailing 4-3. Both teams shut down the offence of the other team in the scoreless third period so Tunisia started the fourth period down 1 goal. The game previous against Singapore, Tunisia had scored a come from behind victory in front of their boisterous fans. This time, again having the most vocal supporters in the tournament, they had no more surprises as South Africa, even missing a penalty shot, held Tunisia off and finished as 5-3 victor. South Africa, likely most improved team throughout the tournament took home a seventh place finish while Tunisia from North Africa finished eighth.

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DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 2: Troy Dumais (USA) takes third ahead of 3m final

Diving Grand Prix

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Murphy Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio) won her women’s platform semifinal to earn a spot in Sunday’s 10m finals and Olympic bronze medallist Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) secured a berth in the 3m finals with their performances Friday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The 17-year-old Bromberg scored 341.30 points to win the women’s 10m semifinal B ahead of China’s Jie Lian (330.50) and Japan’s Fuka Tatsumi (300.45), who also advanced.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 5: Puerto Rico ousts Kuwait, clean win for Saudi Arabia over Peru

WP Development Trophy

FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarThe final round-robin day of the competition at the Al-Arabi Sporting Club began with a match between the teams from Peru and Saudi Arabia, the sixth and second place teams in Group A. Peru came into the match winless and left it in the same state as they lost to the team from Saudi Arabia by a score of 13-7. Peru actually led 2-1 at the end of the first period as both teams played a slow paced game. The Saudis scored a number of cherry picking goals where with just the shooter and the goalie, the goalie had no chance.

The day’s second game was also a Group A encounter – between the top ranked Egyptians and the third ranked Uruguayans. In the first period, the Egyptians jumped out to a 4-1 lead and the result was never in doubt. They led 9-2 at the half and the final score was Egypt 15 Uruguay 4 as the team from the Americas was never really in the game.

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DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 1: Olympic champion David Boudia (USA) advances to 10m final ranked third

Diving Grand Prix

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – The field in Saturday’s men’s 10m final at the FINA Diving Grand Prix will include three 2012 Olympic gold medallists as USA’s David Boudia, the individual gold medallist from London, and China’s Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan, who combined for the 10m platform synchro Olympic gold, all advanced out of Thursday’s semifinals.

Zhang was top qualifier with 529.65 in semifinal B, while Cao scored 504.10 points to win semifinal A. Joining the three gold medallists in the final will be Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondar, Canada’s Maxim Bouchard and Colombia’s Juan Rios.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 4: The Uzbek squad defeats the locals 9-4

WP Development Trophy

FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarDay 4 of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy began on a warm and sunny day in Kuwait City. The Republic of South Africa, trying to bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss the evening before played the team from Puerto Rico in the day’s first game. The Puerto Ricans, representing the Americas, jumped out to a 4-1 first period lead over the African team and extended their lead to 8-3 at the half. The Puerto Rican dominance continued throughout the rest of the game and they took away the 2 points with a 14-6 win over the South Africans. The South African no.6, Schooling, was the high scorer of the game netting 5 of the 6 goals for the team from South Africa.

Game 2 saw Saudi Arabia try to get back on the winning track in their game against Singapore. The Saudis took a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held the team from Singapore goalless in the second to lead 6-2 at the half. In spite of being outscored by 2 goals in the second half, the team from Saudi Arabia was the victor, winning by a final score of 9-7. Gahal led the winners with 4 goals.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 3: Egypt defeats Saudi Arabia, tight victory for Kuwait over South Africa

WP Development Trophy

FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarThe first game of day 3 was between the team from Uruguay and the team from Singapore. The winner would move into a tie for second place in Group A. The game started off fairly even with both teams missing many good shooting opportunities, hitting the goalkeeper or having their shots blocked. The Uruguayans took a 2-1 first quarter lead but the team from Singapore jumped ahead 4-3 by half time. Unfortunately for them, that was as good as it got as Uruguay won the last 2 periods 5-2 and 4-1 ending up with a 12-7 victory led by 5 second half goals from no.3, Samario.

Game 2 saw Saudi Arabia meet Egypt in a battle for top spot in Group A. The Saudis took a 1-0 lead after the first quarter despite their experienced no.11, Shaheen, picking up two major fouls, which would later limit his effectiveness. The Egyptians came out attacking in the second period scoring five unanswered goals taking a 5-1 lead into the second half. The Saudi team began attacking more, cutting the deficit to 3 but the Egyptians matched them resulting in a 10-5 victory for Egypt and top spot in Group A.

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