DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 1: Ruolin Chen repeats 2008 Olympic feat at "Water Cube"

Diving World Series

Ruolin Chen (CHN) - credit: Li LinlinChen's hard-fought victory wrapped up a perfect day for the hosts who swept all four titles on offer at the "Water Cube" on the opening day of the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing, China.

Chen, double winner at the Beijing Olympic Games, led the rankings for the first three dives until 14-year-old teammate Hu snatched the top position. But Chen, repeating the same performance that led her to success in 2008, earned two perfect 10s and five 9.5 marks, totalling a victorious 426 points. Hu was 2.95 points behind and had to settle for the silver. The bronze was reserved for Australia's Alexandra Croak with a score of 357.50.

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Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers

Diving World Series

China's Olympic champion Wu Minxia will lead a strong Chinese team in Beijing (CHN), where the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 takes place from March 25-26. Wu, who spearheaded China's dream team after the retirement of "Diving Queen" Guo Jingjing, said she was pleased to compete again in the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) since the brilliant performance shared here in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Asked about the nagging injuries around her career, Wu shrugged off by saying she is trying to look forward and surpass herself in the upcoming competition. The Chinese diving team also features women's platform Olympic two-time winner Chen Ruolin, men's springboard Olympic and World champion He Chong, 2010 DWS overall winner in the men's springboard Qin Kai just to name a few.

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DWS 2011 - Day 2: China sets the tone in Moscow

Diving World Series

Among the eight divers competing in the two semifinals, He Zi (CHN) dominated the operations from the start. The Chinese prodigy scored the highest total in semifinal “B” with 365.35 points while Italian diving diva Tania Cagnotto took the lead in semifinal "A" with 317.05 points.

The final started with a great disappointment for the two-time European champion Nadezda Bazhina (RUS). The diver performed a Forward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, and spoiled the entry into the water. This was an unusual mistake considering that entries from forward dives are among the easiest to perform. As a result, the Russian got marks ranging from 2.0 to 3.0, scoring a poor 22.40 points.

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DWS 2011 - Moscow, Day 1: Cuba captures gold in the men's 10m synchro

Diving World Series

The competition started with the men's 3m springboard. Ilya Kvasha (UKR), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) and Javier Illana (ESP) tried to gain an advantage from the very beginning by executing 3.4 degree of difficulty (DD) dives, but only one diver - Kuznetsov - performed well enough to take the lead with a score of 86.70.

In the second round, the degree of difficulty increased, with Kvasha and Kuznetsov performing the most complicated dive - Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck. As a result, both divers captured the first two positions in the ranking with 179.80 (Kuznetsov) and 175.10 (Kvasha). The Ukrainian scored an impressive 96.90 with this second dive.

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2nd FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2009 (KUW) - Final round Results, Standings and Game Reports

WP Development Trophy

 After meeting Singapore in the gold medal game, Kuwait has emerged victorious at home. Meanwhile, following the runner-up match between Trinidad & Tobago and Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago have clinched the bronze medal in Kuwait City (KUW). Reports of the medal games can be consulted at the bottom.

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