DWS 2014, Dubai day 3: Minibaev (RUS) breaks Chinese hegemony
The third leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series successfully concluded in Dubai (UAE) on March 22, with the last two finals in the programme, the men’s and women’s 10m platform. In theory, two expectable gold medals for China. But things sometimes are not meant to be as the predictions on paper. However, at the end of the three-day competition at the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex, China (six gold out of eight finals) confirmed its supremacy in the world diving hierarchy.
In the most exciting final (men’s 10m platform) of the competition in Dubai, everything seemed to run in the right direction for Qiu Bo (CHN) until he badly missed his fifth attempt, a 109C (DD 3.7). Qiu was perhaps overwhelmed by his precedent dive, when all the seven judges gave him a perfect 10! Victor Minibaev (RUS), his most direct rival, took advantage of the situation and conquered the gold in 537.05, against Qiu’s 530.90.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 2: China dominates in 3m springboard
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series leg in Dubai (UAE) confirmed the Chinese dominance in the 3m springboard, where the gold and silver medals both in the men’s and women’s events went to the best athletes of the Asian delegation.
It all started with the women’s final, where He Zi, the winner in 382.10, and Wang Han, the silver medallist in 362.45 entirely dominated the five-dive decisive round. With this result, He set a new record of 17 World Series victories in one individual discipline. For China, the gold and silver in the same event is the country’s 64th multi-medal effort in World Series history. No other country has achieved this even once.
The bronze went to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto with 357.85 points. Cagnotto has now won nine World Series medals in 3m springboard, third among all divers behind He (23) and Wu Minxia (CHN, 12).
DWS 2014, Dubai day 1: Three gold out of four for China
Three gold medals out of four. This was the outcome for the powerful Chinese team in the inaugural day of the second leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, taking place in the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai (UAE) from March 20-22, 2014. With four synchronised finals, Germany was stronger in the men’s 3m springaboard, while China displayed its supremacy in the women’s events and in the men’s 10m platform synchro.
With a long tradition of victory in the women’s 10m synchro (27 victories out of 28 finals contested in the history of the World Series), China (Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia), did not disappoint, getting the gold in 337.56, more than 20 points in front of the silver medallists from Malaysia (Mun-Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg), who finished in 314.64. The bronze went to Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (309.09). Chen and Liu have won all three World Series competitions that they have entered together in this discipline, in Beijing (2013 and 2014) and Dubai (2013). Moreover, with her 22nd podium, Chen equalled the World Series record for most podium finishes in any women's discipline, held by He Zi (CHN) in 3m springboard. Rinong and Leong had also made the podium in their last five World Series competitions in this discipline. They came second in 2012 in their only previous appearance together in Dubai. Finally, Benfeito and Filion have been previously in the top four in all 19 World Series competitions they have entered in this event, including 15 podiums. They have come second 11 times, losing to a Chinese pair each time, including 10 times to a Chinese pair that included Chen. The Canadian pair admitted “some mistakes in the fourth round that determined the final placing”.
DWS 2014, Beijing day 3: China's Cao outruns Olympic champion Bo to win 10m gold
Seven perfect 10s and a full house, supporting home crowd, sealed Chinese Cao Yuan's victory in the men's 10m platform on day 3 of the first stop of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 at Beijing's National Aquatic Center (Water Cube). The rising talent proved too strong for teammate and reigning World champion Qiu Bo, and Olympic champion David Boudia (USA).
China swept seven out of the eight gold medals at stake during the three-day World Series, which featured 80 divers from 12 countries.
DWS 2014 - Beijing Day 3 Preview
Preview Diving Women's 10m Platform
• Chen Ruolin (CHN) has dominated this event with 16 victories in an event that has been staged 27 times at the World Series. Chen will only take part in the Synchro event in Beijing.
• Liu Huixia (CHN) flies the flag for China in this event. She has won it once in a World Series meeting, in Guadalajara on 19 May 2013.
• All six legs of this event at the 2013 World Series were won by Chinese divers, three by Si Yajie, two by Chen Ruolin and one by Liu Huixia.
• The last non-Chinese diver to win this event at the World Series was Paola Espinosa (MEX), who triumphed in Tijuana in 2012. This snapped a run of 15 consecutive Chinese triumphs, a streak that was preceded by another two Espinosa victories. She is the only non-Chinese diver to have won this event.
• Mexico will now be represented by Alejandra Orozco (MEX) who finished second in the most recent World Series meeting, in Guadalajara on 26 May 2013.
• Great Britain has won one medal this event at the World Series as Tonia Couch (GBR) claimed bronze in the last meeting last year and will be represented by two divers in Beijing, Sarah Barrow (GBR) and Couch.
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