Phelps wins 100m fly in Charlotte, hungry for more
There's something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in the only final we'll see from him this week at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix, won the men's 100m butterfly in a 52.13. That ties his sixth-best-in-the-world time from the Mesa Grand Prix in April, as he's now gone identical times in both of his 100m fly finals swims since returning from retirement. This was Phelps' first win since his return to competition.
While the final time was the same, Phelps swam a very different race in Charlotte than he did in Mesa. With a fast-starting Belarusian Pavel Sankovich next to him, Phelps went after the first 50 to the tune of a 24.3 front-half split. That's a significant four-tenths better than he was in his first 50 in Mesa, where he was next to Ryan Lochte, who like Phelps is not known as a fast-starter in the 100m fly.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 3: China dominates 10m platform events
The final day of the fourth stage of FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS) on May 2-4, featured the most thrilling event on the competition programme, the men’s 10m platform, with Victor Minibaev (RUS) on-hand.
Among women, Liu Huixia (411.40 points) and Chen Ruolin (397.45) topped the podium well ahead of Ukranian Yulia Prokopchuk (380.10). Liu Huixia, satisfied with her performance, said on her result: "The evening session dives were much better than in the preliminary round. So I’m quite happy."
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 4: First international win for Abel and Ware
Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., won their first international gold medal topping the women’s 3m synchro event on Sunday at the Canadian leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2014.
Roseline Filion of Laval and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal added silver and bronze respectively on women’s 10m platform. Canada ended the four-day competition with five medals (one gold, three silver and a bronze).
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 2: Second gold for Kuznetsov (RUS)
On the second day of the fourth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS), everybody was awaiting the new Chinese-Russian battle, now on the men’s 3m springboard. After Kuznetsov/Zakharov first synchro triumph in their career on Day 1, it was interesting to watch if two Russians, both qualified for the final, could break Chinese hegemony one more time. It is Iliya Zakharov, who upset Qin Kai's bid for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
Unfortunately, Qin Kai pulled out from the tournament, after getting the second result in the morning session. He Chong finished seventh in the qualification but he didn’t replace his compatriot and teammate. There was no official information from the Chinese team regarding this situation.
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 3: China's Ying Wei, untouchable in women's 3m
Jennifer Abel of Laval and the synchro tandem of Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito, all Olympic medallists in 2012, earned two silver on Saturday at the FINA Diving Grand Prix.
On women’s 3m springboard, Ying Wei was one of three Chinese winners on the day with 356.30 points. Abel, who wowed the crowd with her tremendous height on take-offs, followed at 339.60 and Uschi Freitag of the Netherlands was third at 332.15. Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., was fifth.
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