Changzhou 2010: Australia's Matthew Mitcham takes men's 10m platform title on last day

Diving World Cup

Just like a replay of the Beijing Olympics, Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham enjoyed his "lucky day" by winning the men's 10m platform and was the one who stopped China's medal clean-sweep on the last day of the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup.

China won seven out of the eight titles on offer at the World Cup (apart from the inaugural "Team Event" which was taken by the Americans).

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Changzhou 2010, Day 5: First-time winner He Zi in the women's 3m springboard

Diving World Cup

China's He Zi scored her first world title in the women's 3m springboard on day 5 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China, while Olympic champion and teammate Wu Minxia missed what would have been her third World Cup title in a row. He, world champion in the 1m springboard event in 2007, led the final all the way to the end, conquering her first world title with a total of 395.55 points.

The newly crowned diver admitted she was very nervous during the final: "I did not perform my best because I was so nervous. I am happy to win the gold."

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Changzhou 2010, Day 4: Chinese supremacy remains unchallenged

Diving World Cup

Despite knees injuries, Olympic champion He Chong retained the men's 3m springboard title while the pair Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao secured the gold in the women's 10m platform on day 4 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. He, who claimed his first world title by winning the 3m springboard at the 2008 World Cup before he collected the Olympic trophy, has been suffering knees injuries for years.

He announced his return in Changzhou after being absent from competition for more than six months and defended his title victoriously in the 3m springboard, finishing with a total 546.55 points, beating teammate Qin Kai who took silver with 522.35 points. Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov, who took the lead after three dives, finally placed third, totaling 501.85 points.

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Changzhou 2010, Day 2: Chinese divers "untouchable"

Diving World Cup

China's Olympic champion Qin Kai and new partner Luo Yutong won the men's 3m springboard synchro event on the second day (June 3, 2010) of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. The pair Qin/Luo took the lead after their second dive and never looked back for the remaining of their four dives, winning with a total of 460.62 points. This is Qin's second synchro gold medal at the World Cup as he wrapped up the title together with Wang Feng in 2008 before they became Olympic champions in Beijing.

The American duo Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen took silver, totalling 440.01 points while Ukraine's Illya Kvasha/Oleks Prvgorov settled for the bronze with 432.30 points. The Canadian pair Alexandre Despatie/Reuben Ross finished just out of medal-range in fourth place while Russian diving czar Dmitry Sautin pairing with Yury Kunakov placed sixth.

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Changzhou, 2010: US pair wins inaugural "Team Event"

Diving World Cup

As an initiative event at the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup, the American pair claimed the first ever team victory on the opening day (June 1, 2010) in Changzhou, China. Instead of having a men's and women's 1m springboard event (as it was the case in the last FINA Diving World Cup in Beijing, 2008), the team event in Changzhou featured one male and one female diver performing six dives on the 3m springboard and 10m platform.

David Boudia and Haley Ishimatsu from the United States beat the other 11 competing pairs to take the gold with a total of 455.35 points. Reflecting on the results, Boudia expressed his satisfaction: "I performed very well today."

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