China “recovers” world title in the men’s 10m synchro
After losing the title two years ago in Barcelona (ESP), China came back to the top of the podium in the men’s 10m platform synchro, winning the gold in the Kazan final. The Asians have been dominant in this event, since its inception in the programme of the FINA World Championships in 1998, having won five out of the eight gold medals at stake until the start of the Russian competition. In the outstanding Aquatics Palace of the capital of Tatarstan, Aisen Chen and Yue Lin (already gold medallist in this event in 2007 and 2009, with Liang Huo) were determined to bring back the world crown to their country, after a less successful participation in 2013, where Sascha Klein/Patrick Hausding, from Germany, were the winners.
Very concentrated and presenting quite solid combinations, the Chinese pair was always in total control of the operations, leading from the very first dive and concluding their effort with a total of 495.72 points. They were never really challenged by their main opponents, Mexicans Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez, who took the silver in a distant 448.89. The last medal for the Central American nation in this event was obtained in 2001, when Eduardo Rueda and Fernando Platas, were also second in Fukuoka, Japan.
Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) won the first mixed duet gold in history
The dreams of male synchronised swimmers came true as mixed duet made its first appearance at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.
Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) were the favourites of the first technical routine before the start.
May is 36 years old. He is the most experienced and the most famous male synchronised swimmer in the world. He is actually the pioneer of this discipline. Back in 1998 Bill took part in his first international competition – the Goodwill Games, where him and his partner Kristina Lum competed with “ordinary” duets and lost only to Russia’s Maria Kiseleva and Olga Brusnikina.
Ishchenko and Romashina secured second synchro victory for Russia
Russian synchro duet Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina captured one more gold medal at the “Kazan Arena”.
Ishchenko and Romashina showed their catching Gipsy dance and confidently took the lead, earning 95,4672 points. This was the only permanent thing about the synchro technical duet final of the FINA World Championships.
London silver medallist, four-time world bronze medallist in duet events Ona Carbonell from Spain missed the podium. She had a new partner Clara Camacho. And their performance did not impress enough (90,0157 points) to compete for the medals. They finished at the fifth place.
Water Polo Reports - Women Day 1
A lob from 12 metres won the game for China
The opening day of the women's tournament saw two fantastic fights, decided by a single goal: Australia edged out Greece and China staged an amazing finish against Hungary. The rest of the contests were rather one-sided.
China wins two gold; Wu Minxia makes history
The Chinese divers Si Yajie/Tai Xiao and Wu Minxia/Shi Tingmao wrapped up two gold medals in the mixed synchro platform and women's 3m springboard synchro, as Olympic champion Wu won her eighth world title from her eighth world trip on the second competition day of the FINA World Championships at the Kazan Aquatic Palace here on Saturday.
A total of 15 pairs competed in the mixed platform synchro which was introduced for the first time in the programme of the competition.
Si Yajie, defending champion in the women's 10m platform, teamed with Tai Xiaohu, both 17-years-old, and led from the start to the end, winning in 350.88 points, beating Canada's Meaghan Benfeito/Vincent Riendeau second in 309.66. Domonic Bedggood/Melisa Wu of Australia finished third in 308.22.
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