Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 4: Colombia and Japan collect gold

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The fourth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) saw new champions coming from Colombia and Japan, the seventh silver for Russia and one more gold for China. Alejandro Arias Munoz from Colombia emerged victorious in the Boys A 1m springboard with a total score of 531.20, leaving his runner-up more than 20 points behind.

As for the silver medal, there were four contenders for the “vice champion title”. Kacper Jakub Lesiak, from Poland, was in second position until the last attempt: then, a mistake ruined his hopes of medal and he ended up being only fifth (498.40). German Timo Barthel overtook Lesiak but didn’t manage to get on the podium, losing by just 5.60 points to Chinese Huang Bowen. The winner of the 3m springboard final captured the bronze this time earning 510.30. Silver went to Mexican Diego Rodrigo, whose advantage over Bowen was only 0.95 points.


Action in Penza - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 3: Second gold for Wu (CHN), Larsen wins for Denmark

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.

But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.


The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 2: China 2 – Mexico 1

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The second day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) confirmed the Chinese supremacy in the girls’ springboard events. China claimed two victories and one bronze medal. Mexican divers showed perfect partnership in the boys’ 3m synchro springboard.

It all started with the Girls A (16-18 years old) final in the 1 m springboard, where Wu Chunting won the gold with a total score of 421.30. In fact, Australian Maddison Keeney was the overwhelming favourite coming from the preliminaries and until the last dive. She executed a very difficult programme, composed from “men” dives. None of her challengers presented such a high level. But Keeney didn’t manage to control the pressure: she missed her fourth attempt and moved to the third place, totaling 415 points. After that decisive mistake, Maddison left the pool in tears. At the award ceremony, she was very quiet and unemotional.


The diving pool in Penza (RUS) - Photo credit: Vladimir Pavlovskiy

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 1: First gold goes to China and USA

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The Penza’s sport complex "Burtasy" (which means tribe/population that lived on the right bank of the river Volga), where the 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships have started today, will be one of the major spots on the city map until the end of the week. A huge screen 4x6 m has been constructed near the entrance of the venue so that everyone can take a look at what is going on in the pool: life broadcasting with comments is expected. A penguin mascot is walking around the arena and inside it, along the tribunes to cheer up the participants and to become a part of a "selfie" so popular nowadays among children and teenagers: young sportsmen of the local diving sports schools are the best fans. And the most outstanding Penza athletes in the field - Olympic champions Irina Kalinina and Yulia Pakhalina - were the guests at the opening ceremony.


Huang Bowen (CHN) - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 3: Hungary and China close on high note

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The Hungarian juniors and the Chinese youths were the happiest kids on Earth after winning the respective titles of the event-closing team competitions at the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured (HUN). These two nations topped the medal table as well – China came first – while Russia won the Team Trophy among the juniors and the Chinese among the youths.

The two team events, held over 3km, concluded the second edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured. The closing day welcomed the young swimmers with mild air-temperatures, the winds eased so a rather peaceful course awaited the participants of the team events.


China touching for the victory - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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