Qin and Cao make it six wins for China in seven diving events in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Double Olympic champion Qin Kai clinched a unique fifth successive men's 3m synchro springboard gold, sharing victory with Cao Yuan to give China their sixth title of the FINA World Championships after one had escaped their grasp a few hours earlier.

Qin and Cao denied the home Russian crowd the win they had hoped for after Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov upstaged the Chinese pair in the morning’s preliminary round and seized the lead in the opening round of the six-dive final. But in the end China held sway in a fluctuating final, taking the lead in the second round, conceding it to the Russians in the third but then taking control in the fourth to win eventually by just over 12 points.

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Cagnotto wins gold at last and breaks China’s winning streak in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tania Cagnotto finally won the world gold which had eluded her for so long when she scored a superb victory on the 1m springboard which ended China’s monopoly of the diving titles in Kazan. The 30-year-old Italian, who claimed her first FINA World Championship medal 10 years ago, took charge from the start and held off the Chinese challenge through the five rounds of the final to relegate former 1m world champions Shi Tingmao and He Zi to silver and bronze after China had bagged the first five titles of the meet.

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Muller gives France first Open Water gold

Kazan 2015 - OW

Aurelie Muller of France became the first female open water swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games winning the 10km event at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships in 1:58.04.3. Muller claims the first gold medal for France in open water swimming. France had previously won three silver medals and three bronze medals in open water events including Muller's silver medal in 2011 at the Shanghai Worlds. She finished 2.4 seconds ahead of her training partner Sharon Van Rouwendaal of The Netherlands under brilliant weather conditions and a pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees at the start of the race.

Muller had a run of bad luck having missed qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. The French swimmer was disqualified at the finish line from the 10km in Roberval in 2010. She recalls a poor 1500m freestyle result because her goggles filled with water, failing to qualify for the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. In the 23 degree placid water of the Kazanka River her luck changed for the better. Pacing herself with an easy 30.33.9 first lap she stayed relaxed in the pack of swimmers, passing the 2.5km mark tied for 19th position. In her second of four laps she found herself leading her 54 challengers from 34 countries. 

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 2

Kazan 2015 - WP

Italy upsets USA in second-day women’s action

The second day of women’s preliminary water polo competition was highlighted by a magnificent Italian 10-9 victory over Olympic champion United States of America.

The Group C encounter promised much and delivered a lot. Olympic, World Cup and World League champion United States of America was three times in the position of being three goals down. It was USA’s first competition loss this year and the only other defeat was friendly in Rome in March to — Italy.
In the other group clash, Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini scored five goals as her team downed Japan 11-8.

In Group A, defending champion Spain spread the load among the team, beating New Zealand 23-2. Rosa Tarrago helped herself to six goals. Canada closed the night’s proceedings, beating Kazakhstan 17-4 with an 8-0 final period.

In Group B, Netherlands had to come from behind to beat Greece 10-9 and Australia cruised home against South Africa 19-1 with Ash Southern top-scoring with five.

In Group D, China surged away from 2-2 at halftime to beat France 13-4, thanks to a six-goal haul from Guannan Niu. Russia upstaged Hungary with four unbeaten goals at the end to turn from two goals down to a 13-11 victory, much to the delight of the packed house.

Points after day two:

Group A: Canada 4, Spain 4, Kazakhstan 0, New Zealand 0.

Group B: Netherlands 4, Australia 4, Greece 0, South Africa 0.

Group C: Italy 4, USA 2, Brazil 2, Japan 0.

Group D: China 4, Russia 4, Hungary 0, France 0.

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Third synchro gold for Russia, second bronze for Japan

Kazan 2015 - SY

Team Russia acknowledged their supremacy in synchro events, winning the team technical routine tonight.

This was the third gold medal for the admitted leaders at the FINA World Championships in Kazan after victories in technical solo and duet and silver in mixed duet.

Russians performed their high-speed “Kaleidoscope” programme brilliantly, earning 95,7457 points. China (94,4605) and Japan (92,4133) completed the podium.

It was unusual not to see Spain among the medallist. But the Japanese bronze in tech duo and team routine is not for nothing. We should mention that team Japan got back their coach who left in 2004 to raise synchronized swimming in China. A good battle is expected in Rio-2016.

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