DWS 2010 - Veracruz (II), Day 1: Mexico’s Yahel Castillo surprises at third meet

Diving World Series

With Yahel Castillo’s gold medal gained in the 3m springboard as well as Paola Espinosa and pair German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia picking up silver in the 10m platform and the 10m platform synchro events respectively, the Mexican delegation delighted the home crowd during the third meet of the FINA / Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010, which is repeated in the Reform Laws Aquatic Complex, in Veracruz.

The third meet was initially scheduled on April 23-24 in Sheffield (GBR) but due to restrictions on air traffic in the European sky, the meet had to be cancelled.

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No title for Kitajima at Japan’s national championships

Federations News

Japan Swim 2010 – Japan’s swimming national championships – has successfully ended on April 18, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex.

The 20-year-old Ryo Tateishi swam very well and won three titles in the men’s breaststroke events, clocking 27.66 in the 50m, 59.84 in the 100m and 2:09.21 in the 200m. Satomi Suzuki did a good job too in the women’s breaststroke events. She also won three titles, clocking 31.70, 1:07.64 and 2:24. 27.

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Federica Pellegrini shines at the spring Italian championships

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Riccione, April 14-18 2010 – three races and as many titles for Federica Pellegrini at the spring Italian championships. Beyond having dominated the 200m and 400m freestyle events – distances in which she scored the season’s best world performances (1:56.23 and 4:04.30 respectively) – the two-time world champion has heaved herself up in the 800m freestyle (8:27.54), event in which she had to contend with the likes of Alessia Filippi, winner of the 200m backstroke title in 2:11.97, but the latter had to stop the freestyle race due to a shoulder problem.

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British Swimming Statment

Diving World Series

The final leg of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, due to be held in Sheffield this week, has been cancelled following the continued closure of air space across Britain as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and ensuing ash cloud.

The FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, powered by British Gas, was set to take place at the Sheffield International Venues managed Ponds Forge on 23 and 24 April. It will now be held in Veracruz in Mexico following the completion of the second leg of the series yesterday. British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes commented: "While this is a huge disappointment for British Swimming and fans of diving, the situation is beyond our control. To ensure the athletes can resume the competition we have reluctantly agreed to accept the generous offer of the Mexican Government and Federation to step in to help in what is clearly a challenging time for everyone in Europe.”

 

DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four

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The second and final day of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17) concluded with four more gold medals for the Chinese team and the success of its stars Bo Qiu, Zi He, Hao Wang/Chen Ruolin, Zhang Xinhua/Qin Kai. China won seven of the eight titles to be distributed in Mexico, the second stop of this year's series. The only exception to this supremacy happened in the men's 3m springboard event, won by Alexandre Despatie (CAN).

Zi He repeated China's gold medal in Qingdao (first leg of the 2010 circuit) by winning the women's 3m springboard with 385.15 points. Paola Espinosa (MEX) showed at home that she has quality to perform in this event and not just on the 10m platform.  The "Mexican princess of diving" took its second silver medal in this series - in the first day, she did in the platform - by accumulating 350.80 points. The podium was completed by Kelcy Bryant (USA), who concluded in third place with 332 units. In this event, Wu Minxia (CHN) had an error in her third dive and finished fifth.

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