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DGP 2013, Gatineau day 3: Jennifer Abel (CAN) and Yang Jiian (CHN) on top

Diving Grand Prix

GATINEAU, Quebec – Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., earned gold and silver in the 3m springboard synchro and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal added a silver in the 10m platform synchro at the 2013 FINA Diving Grand Prix.

In the women’s 3m springboard, Abel produced a top-notch performance totalling 353.40 points averaging 8.0’s on four of her five dives in the final. Ware finished with two outstanding dives to take the silver at 341.15 and Dolores Hernandez of Mexico was third at 315.15.

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DGP 2013, Gatineau day 2: Canadian diver Imbeau-Dulac aims high

Diving Grand Prix

GATINEAU, Quebec – François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., rebounded from a tough preliminary round to reach the men’s 3m final at the 2013 FINA Diving Grand Prix being held this week at the Centre sportif. Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal also qualified for the women’s 10m final.

In the men’s 3m, Imbeau-Dulac struggled on two dives and was 12th in the morning preliminaries gaining the last available spot for the afternoon semifinals.  However he roared back with a superb semis to qualify third in his heat with 429.30 points. Rommel Pacheco of Mexico was first at 433.90 and Sun Zhiyi of China second at 430.75. They were the third through fifth best scores overall on the day.

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DGP 2013 day 1: Canadian stars shine in Gatineau (CAN)

Diving Grand Prix

GATINEAU, Quebec - The FINA Diving Grand Prix, which attracts rising talents and stars from the sport's global elite, is being held for the first time at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau from May 2-5, counting as the third stop on the 2013 circuit.

In the men’s 10m platform, 22-year-old Maxim Bouchard (CAN) nailed his final two dives to finish third in his semifinal heat and nearly sneaked up to the top of the standings. Roman Izmaylov of Russia was first at 406.00, Domonic Bedgood of Australia second at 400.85 and Bouchard third at 399.80. The top-three in each of the two semis advanced to Saturday’s final.

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DWS 2013, Moscow day 3: Minibaev innovates; China concludes with double gold

Diving World Series

Moscow, RUSSIA - China secured the two last gold medals in the final day of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, organised in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the individual 10m platform, the Asian divers always controlled the operations, giving their team a total of seven titles in the Russian capital.

The men’s 10m final became an historical one: Russian diver Victor Minibaev executed the unique dive that had never been executed before – a 2.5 Back with 3.5 twists (DD – 4.3). For comparison, a 4.5 forward - considered to be the most difficult one on the platform a couple of years ago - is only worth a DD 3.7.

When somebody breaks the limit, it is necessarily a very special moment. There is just a few divers that execute a dive with more than DD 4.0. Ivan Garcia, from Mexico, was the first to do a 4.4 Inward and performed it successfully at the 2011 Worlds and then at the Olympics. Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) started to do a 4.5 Back this season but is not ready to include this combination into his competitive programme.

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DWS 2013, Moscow day 2: China dominates in the individual 3m springboard

Diving World Series

Moscow, RUSSIA - China didn't shake in the first individual events at the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series, being held in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. In the second day of the event, the representatives of the powerhouse in the discipline managed to perfectly control their main opponents and conquer two more gold medals.

The women’s 3m springboard used to be the most conservative event in the diving programme: during the last dozen of years the difficulty of the dives remained in the same level. If, from one hand, this helps to keep a very high level of quality, on the other hand, it also allows that every diver taking part in the World Series is able to shine and fight for he top positions.

Shi Tingmao proved again that she will become one of the biggest stars of this season. Before the last round, she was keeping the leadership quite confidently – ahead of her compatriot He Zi, who won gold and silver at the London Olympics and the same medal set at the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai.

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DWS 2013, Moscow day 1: China 3 – Ukraine 1

Diving World Series

Moscow, RUSSIA - China collected three gold medals in the first day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Moscow (RUS) from April 26-28. Only with synchronized events, the day concluded with one victory from Ukraine, in the men’s synchro 3m springboard.

In the morning, the women’s and men’s 10m synchro platform didn't gather many participants: four teams were fighting for the medals in the first competition and only three in the second.

Among women, China, Canada, Malasia and Russia fought for the medals. Both Chinese (Si Yajie/Liu Huixia) and Canadian (twin sisters Carol-Ann and Pamela Ware) delegations sent to Moscow young athletes, while Russia was represented by one of its most experienced duets – silver medallists of 2004 Olympics Yulia Koltunova/Natalia Goncharova. The team made one mistake (Koltunova missed her entry after a 3.5 Inward tuck) and finished third. The top honours came to China (gold) and Malaysia (silver).

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DWS 2013, Edinburgh day 3: Home hero Tom Daley captures gold in 10m platform

Diving World Series

Edinburgh, GREAT BRITAIN - 18-year old Thomas Daley (GBR), the pride of a whole nation, delivered a magnificent performance, snatching the men's 10m platform title on the final day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series held in Edinburgh (GBR) at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from April 19-21.

In the women's field, young Chinese diving prospects Yajie Sie and Huixia Liu finished 1-2 in the 10m platform, maintaining the golden standard of the sport's traditional powerhouse nation.

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Italy's Martina Grimaldi and Simone Ruffini win Grand Prix race in Cozumel

Open Water Grand Prix

Under the sun of the Mexican Caribbean, Italy clearly dominated the operations, winning four medals out of the six on offer in the pristine waters of the Cozumel island, which hosted the Mexican leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix for the first time on April 20.
 
A week after winning the 10km World Cup race in the same waters, Grimaldi took out the women's Grand Prix race, touching home in 3h21m44s2. The Olympic bronze medallist was closely followed by Angela Maurer (GER), who took second in a time of 3h21m47s9 while compatriot Rachele Bruni claimed the bronze in 3h21m55s2.


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DWS 2013, Edinburgh day 2: Illya Kvasha (UKR) triumphs in men's 3m springboard

Diving World Series

Edinburgh, GREAT BRITAIN - Fresh from his Dubai gold, Illya Kvasha from Ukraine continued his spectacular form, taking his second gold of the season in the men's 3m springboard on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013, held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from April 19-21.

Zi He lifted China's overall gold total to 4 after taking out the women's 3m springboard, an event she has dominated since 2009 at World Series. The 2012 Olympic silver medallist and 2011 World champion in the event took the lead with her first dive - an Inward 2.5 Somersault, Piked scoring 76.50 points - to finish the competition with 375.90 points, only 1.65 points clear of second-placed and teammate Tingmao Shi, who had finished on top of semi-final A in the morning.


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DWS 2013, Edinburgh day 1: China takes three golds, Russia shines in men's 10m synchro

Diving World Series

Edinburgh, GREAT BRITAIN - Claiming three wins out of four in synchro events, Team China set the tone on day 1 of the British leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013, taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from April 19-21. Russia's Artem Chesakov/Victor Minibaev won the men's 10m platform synchro.

Taking a decisive lead after the fourth round, new Chinese pair Huixia Liu/Yajie Si took out the women's 10m platform synchro final with a total score of 338.64, extending their country's unbeaten streak in this event to 20 victories throughout five World Series editions.


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