DWS, Merida, Day 1: China and Mexico open Merida’s stage with gold
The last leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series kicked-off in the city of Merida, Yucatán State, Mexico.
The men’s and women’s synchronised platform events were the first on the program which will run through Sunday. All competitors are using the Mexican leg as a preparation for the FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, Russia and the Pan American Games in Toronto for the American athletes.
The Mexican audience vibrated with the gold medal earned by German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia. The pair dominated the contest and finished with 448.59 points, showing that their ability for the Pan American Games and the World’s. Germany's Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausing placed on the second step of the podium with 439.32 points and Cuban Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguierre won bronze with 422.04 points.
DWS, Merida, Press Conference: Last stage of FINA/NVC DWS to resume in Merida (MEX)
A press conference was organised in Merida (MEX) on Thursday May 28 before the start of the last stage of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series with the presence of most of the divers taking part in the competition.
20 Olympic and world medallists, representing the world's best divers in springboard and platform event, will attend this last leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series. In the past nine years, Mexico staged 11 FINA diving series.
The competition resumes on Friday May 29, and continue until Sunday 31st, with 60 divers from 12 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Great Britain, Malaysia, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, and the United States.
FINA President lights the Pan American flame
The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was on May 25, 2015 in the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, in Mexico, for the lighting of the flame for the 2015 Pan American Games, taking place in Toronto (CAN) from July 10-25. Dr. Maglione, also President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), was accompanied in this magnificent ceremony by the Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila Villegas, by the President of the Mexican National Olympic Committee Carlos Padilla, and by the Chairman of the Pan American Games Organising Committee David Robert Petterson.
DWS, Windsor, Day 3: Three gold medals out of three finals for China
China returned to the top of the medals podium in the third and final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series leg in Windsor (CAN) as Yang Jian won a second gold medal in the individual 10m following his victory in the synchro platform on Friday. His first dive was ranked third across all of the finalists but he finished extremely strong passing Lin Yue in his final dive to win the event by a margin of 33.60 points. Yang Jian scored more than 100 points on two dives – including 116.85 points on a front 4 ½ pike – to win gold with 567.25 points.
This is Yang Jian's first meet with two gold medals since London 2014 where he won the same events during his World Series debut. In the 2014 London edition he set the points record in individual platform at 616.50, a mark that remains unbeaten to this day. In six prior appearances in his career, Yang Jin won two gold medals in this event, but he failed to win in his last three competitions – bronze in Dubai and Kazan and silver in London, when Thomas Daley of Great Britain beat him for gold.
DWS, Windsor, Day 2: China remain unbeaten in mixed diving at World Series
China remains unbeaten in mixed diving at World Series – nine events, nine gold medals. He Zi takes her third gold medal in this meet, and Lin Yue earns his second. These divers have won 65 gold medals in all events combined at World Series, He has 42 and Lin 23. Only one other diver in this mixed event has ever reached the highest stage on the podium – Thomas Daley of Great Britain who has 5 gold medals.
"Our performance was good, we thought we did well except for the last dive" said Lin Yue. He Zi explained, "We only had a little bit of time for practice, but we still dove well."
Mexico's Dolores Hernandez and Rommel Pacheco claim silver, Mexico’s first medal in springboard mixed since Beijing, which was a 3-team event. Pacheco is enjoying his best ever World Series meet, with two silver medals and a bronze.
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