DWS 2013 - Guadalajara #2 Day 1: China and Mexico share gold in synchro events
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.
Synchro - info on the Solo and Duet Technical Finals
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.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 3: China's Qiu Bo and Huixia Liu dominate 10m platform
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.
DGP 2013, San Juan day 4: China pockets six titles
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.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 2: China's Zi He and Mexico's Yahel Castillo win 3m springboard
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.
DGP 2013, San Juan day 3: Colombia and China win synchro events
"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.
DWS 2013, Guadalajara day 1: Golden day for Mexico and China
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.
DGP 2013, San Juan day 2: Chinese divers top favourites ahead of finals
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".
DGP 2013, San Juan day 1: nice start for Chinese, Canadian and Dutch divers
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.
DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 4: China completes sweep of gold
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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