DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 2: Qiu Bo perfect in the platform, completes China's total sweep
In a perfect-mark showdown against younger teammate Cao Yuan, 2010 DWS winner in the platform Qiu Bo of China received no less than 25 perfect 10s to score a historic 609.20 in the 10m event, completing China's total sweep of all eight events in the second leg of the 2011 FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing from March 25-26.
Qiu and Cao collected 51 perfect marks altogether in front of the full-house cheering fans at the Water Cube. Qiu, 18, received 10s from all the judges for his second dive (Armstand Backward Triple Somersault, Pike) and third (Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck), producing three dives over 100 points, while his "poorest" performance was the starting dive (Inward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck) with a 94.40. It was Qiu's Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, which helped him secure the gold medal for a day-high 111.00 points.
DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 1: Ruolin Chen repeats 2008 Olympic feat at "Water Cube"
Chen's hard-fought victory wrapped up a perfect day for the hosts who swept all four titles on offer at the "Water Cube" on the opening day of the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing, China.
Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers
China's Olympic champion Wu Minxia will lead a strong Chinese team in Beijing (CHN), where the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 takes place from March 25-26. Wu, who spearheaded China's dream team after the retirement of "Diving Queen" Guo Jingjing, said she was pleased to compete again in the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) since the brilliant performance shared here in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Asked about the nagging injuries around her career, Wu shrugged off by saying she is trying to look forward and surpass herself in the upcoming competition. The Chinese diving team also features women's platform Olympic two-time winner Chen Ruolin, men's springboard Olympic and World champion He Chong, 2010 DWS overall winner in the men's springboard Qin Kai just to name a few.
DWS 2011 - Day 2: China sets the tone in Moscow
Among the eight divers competing in the two semifinals, He Zi (CHN) dominated the operations from the start. The Chinese prodigy scored the highest total in semifinal “B” with 365.35 points while Italian diving diva Tania Cagnotto took the lead in semifinal "A" with 317.05 points.
The final started with a great disappointment for the two-time European champion Nadezda Bazhina (RUS). The diver performed a Forward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, and spoiled the entry into the water. This was an unusual mistake considering that entries from forward dives are among the easiest to perform. As a result, the Russian got marks ranging from 2.0 to 3.0, scoring a poor 22.40 points.
DWS 2011 - Moscow, Day 1: Cuba captures gold in the men's 10m synchro
The competition started with the men's 3m springboard. Ilya Kvasha (UKR), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) and Javier Illana (ESP) tried to gain an advantage from the very beginning by executing 3.4 degree of difficulty (DD) dives, but only one diver - Kuznetsov - performed well enough to take the lead with a score of 86.70.
2nd FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2009 (KUW) - Final round Results, Standings and Game Reports
After meeting Singapore in the gold medal game, Kuwait has emerged victorious at home. Meanwhile, following the runner-up match between Trinidad & Tobago and Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago have clinched the bronze medal in Kuwait City (KUW). Reports of the medal games can be consulted at the bottom.
Success of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
FINA is pleased to announce that the cumulative audience in Europe of its 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held last December in Dubai (UAE) was, according to the report received from EBU, of 136.2 million people from 264 programmes totaling over 237 hours of coverage.
In comparison, for Manchester 2008 (the previous edition of these championships), the figures show an audience of 58.3 million from 230 programmes totaling over 222 hours of coverage.
Whilst the number of programmes increased by 14.8% and the hours of coverage rose by 6.8%, the increase in total audience has jumped by 133.6%, which underlines that the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) has become a more attractive event.
World Men's WP Development Trophy: Kuwait shines at home
If two years ago the first edition of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy was dominated by the American teams – Colombia won the tournament, while Puerto Rico got the silver - the 2009 edition of the competition was marked by Asian supremacy. In the final of the event – held once more in Kuwait City (KUW) from April 5-11 - the home team conquered the gold, defeating in the decisive game the squad of Singapore by 13-6. It was a natural outcome given the progression of the tournament, in which the two teams won all the five matches of the preliminary rounds (Kuwait was included in Group A with Trinidad & Tobago, Algeria, Indonesia, Guatemala and Tunisia and Singapore was the best in Group B, against Philippines, Morocco, Uruguay, Jamaica and Kenya).
6th European title for Sascha Klein - Russia tops medal table once more
Russia once again proved the best nation at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin with three gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the altogether ten events, but was closely followed by Germany (3-3-2) and the host country, Italy (3-0-1). Russia also won the Team Trophy with 191 points ahead of Germany (175), Ukraine (138) and Italy (124).The four quota places for next year’s Olympic Games at stake in Turin went to Germany (2/men’s 3m and 10m), Italy (women’s 10m) and Sweden (women’s 3m).
Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape made the fans cheer again in the final event on Sunday, when the Italians won their third successive title in the women’s 3m synchro springboard practically with their last dive (320.40 points), defeating until then leading Russians Nadezda Bazhina-Svetlana Philippova (317.13 points). Germans Katja Dieckow-Uschi Freitag took bronze (295.90 points). Cagnotto said afterwards: "Naturally I'm happy, even though I failed to win the 3m springboard title, but I gained three medals again just like two years ago in Turin. The crowd here is just fantastic !"
Hausding retains 3m springboard title – Koltunova with second gold for Russia
Patrick Hausding, the “World Diver of the Year 2010”, retained the first of his two 2010 titles in the 3m springboard at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday. In a close competition, the German won with 499.40 points ahead of the two Russians, Ilya Zakharov (493.85) and the new 1m European Champion Evgeny Kuznetsov (482.35). After the fifth round Hausding and Zakharov were still joint leaders.
“My first dive could have been a little better. But after everything went well. You simply have to put your best dives at the end”, said the German who had gained medals in all five competitions in Budapest 2010. Patrick Hausding also achieved the second quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after Noemi Batki (ITA) had ensured the first one by winning the women’s 10m platform on Wednesday.
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