Greg Eggert, FINA Media Committee Honorary Secretary

Women's 10m Platform

Chinese athletes Lu Wei and Si Yajie finished first and second in the women's 10m platform event. They kept their nation's winning streak in this event alive. Zhang Jiaqi, who did not dive today, won two consecutive Asian editions of the FINA World Series held in March and is the co-leader in the overall ranking with Kim Mi Rae of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who finished in third place.
Lu Wei (CHN) and Si Yajie (CHN) scored 423.85 and 390.60 points respectively to take the top two places on the awards podium. Lu Wei's scored 81 points on the very same dive and ended the first round in second place behind Kim Mi Rae (PRK).  

Lu Wei aced each of her four remaining dives, scoring the most points in each round to clinch her gold medal. The gold medallist won the 10m platform event at the 2019 Chinese National Diving Championships on April 19th. She is 14 years old from the Sichuan province and with her victory she will likely receive the second qualification spot for the World Championships.

Chinese teammate Si Yajie scored the second highest number of points on each of her four remaining dives to earn the silver medal for China. The 20-year-old from Beijing owns the silver medal in this event from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2017 she won a gold medal in the 10m platform synchro and a silver medal in this event. In Kazan at the 2015 World Championships she and her partner took gold in the 10m mixed synchro platform event. She was 14 years old when she won a gold medal at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships in the 10m platform.

After scoring the highest point tally in the first round, 18-year-old Kim Mi Rae faltered in her second dive. Her scores on an Inward 3 1/2 Somersault (407C) was close to the bottom, leaving her in fifth place after the second round. Her final three dives put her solidly in third place earning a bronze medal.  She competed with her partner in the women's synchronized 10m platform event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2017 Budapest World Championships she earned a silver medal in this event and she and her partner collected a bronze medal in the 10m platform mixed synchro event. She also earned a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta in the 10m synchro platform event.  In 2018 she finished second in the Kazan edition of the FINA World Series in this event.

The tournament format for this event includes semi-finals held in the morning for all divers.  In the semi-finals of women's events each diver performs 5 dives without degree of difficulty limit.  The top 3 divers from Semi A and the B advanced to the finals where each athlete will perform 5 dives without degree of difficulty limit.

The rest of the RESULTS are available here.

FINA World Series RANKINGS in this event after three editions: 

ZHANG Jiaqi (CHN) - 36 points, tie
KIM Mi Rae (PRK) - 36 points, tie
Meaghan BENFEITO (CAN) - 33 points
REN Qian (CHN) - 30 points
Lois TOULSON (GBR) - 20 points
LU WEI (CHN) - 18 points, tie
Pandelela PAMG (MAS) - 18 points, tie

QUOTES from the medallists following the Awards Ceremony:

LU Wei (CHN), gold

"I not quite satisfied with my performance today. I need to improve both of my back dives. I train about 5 hours every day, working to get better. I hope to be selected to dive this summer in Korea at the World Championships. I have not been thinking about the Olympics as it's a bit too far away."

Men's 3m Springboard

Xie Siyi led from start to finish in the men's 3m springboard event, winning the same event that he won at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Born in Shantou, the 23- year-old trains in Beijing with Cao Yuan who finished third in today's event. The two athletes earned the silver medal in Budapest in the 3m synchronized springboard competition. The pair were golden in the 3m synchro event at the FINA Diving World Cup in Wuhan, the same event where Xie Siyi won the 3m springboard event.

Xie Siyi won the first edition of the 2019 World Series in Sagamiahra, Japan by a margin of 19.40 points and Cao Yuan beat him by just over 14 points in the Beijing event. With today's victory Xie Siyi holds the advantage in the overall ranking over his teammate.

Xie Siyi scored 537.65 points in today's 3m springboard event, 28.80 points ahead of silver medallist Jack Laugher from Great Britain, and 41.95 ahead of teammate Cao Yuan. Laugher is the 2016 Olympic Gold medallist in 3m synchronized springboard (with Chris Mears) and earned the silver medal in the 3m springboard event finishing behind Olympic Champion Cao Yuan. He and Mears became Britain's first diving Olympic champions. The 24-year-old Laugher from Leeds, UK, became the first British diver to win multiple Olympic diving medals at the same games. Laugher finished in third place in the Japan and China editions of the 2019 FINA World Series, trailing both of the Chinese divers he faced today. 

In addition to his individual gold medal from the Rio Games, Cao Yuan and his partner earned a bronze medal in the 3m synchronized springboard event. The 24-year-old athlete is the only diver in history to win three gold medals in a single FINA World Series event. He was golden in the 3m synchro, the 10m synchro and the 10m platform events at the 2014 event held in Windsor. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London he and his partner won the gold medal in the 10m synchronized platform event.  At age 15 he won the 10m platform at the 2010 Asian Games.

The tournament format for this event includes semi-finals held in the morning for all divers. In the semi-finals of men's events each diver performs 6 dives without degree of difficulty limit.  The top 3 divers from Semi A and the B advanced to the finals where each athlete will perform 6 dives without degree of difficulty limit.

The rest of the RESULTS are available here.

FINA World Series RANKINGS in this event after three editions: 

XIE Siyi (CHN) - 52 points
CAO Yuan (CHN) - 48 points
Jack LAUGHER (GBR) - 44 points
Evgeni KUZNETSOV (RUS)  - 25 points
Rommel PACHECCO MARRUFO (MEX) - 23 points
Francois IMBEAU-DULAC (CAN) - 21 points

QUOTES from the medallists following the Awards Ceremony:

Xie Siyi (CHN), gold

"I felt a little cold in the pool today.  Today's performance did not meet my expectations. My goal is to dive in the World Championships and I will hope for the gold medal.  I think about the Olympics only a little bit.  I think I must do my best for the present and not think too far in the future."

Jack Laugher (GBR), silver

“My performance was really good today, but it started quite shaky. My first dive was a big drop for me as it’s usually my best dive.  I like to open with it to get some good points from the judges. But I’m really proud that I managed to pull myself up from quite a low point to finish with a silver medal with some great dives in there as well. Luckily for me, in previous years, especially in Canada actually, I beat the Chinese quite a few times. I’ve won a few gold medals here, when it was in Windsor. It’s an amazing feeling. They are the world’s best, so when you do beat them, it makes you feel really proud of yourself.”

Cao Yuan (CHN), bronze

"I am not quite satisfied, especially the 207.C dive. If I can do this dive better I can get the second place. I think about the World Championship where I hope to achieve my best results. I will focus on my synchro because my synchro may be better than the individual.”

Mixed 10m Synchronized Platform

The Chinese team of Lian Junjie and Si Yajie won their third consecutive gold medal in the FINA World Series in today's Mixed 10m Synchronized Platform event. Their score in Montreal was 342.21 points and they were in first place after each and every one of the five dives. Although it was the lowest score in this event this season, they outscored the team from Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea by a margin of 22.11 points. The Chinese pair scored their highest mark of 2019 in the Sagamihara, Japan edition, 360.33 in the second edition, also held in March, the Chinese tandem scored 346,38. Lian Junjie was a member of the Chinese duo that won two FINA World Series events in 2018 in Beijing, China and Fuji, Japan.  

The silver medal was won by Hyon II Myong and Jo Jin Mi of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea. On Friday evening Jo Jin Mi paired with Kim Mi Rae to win North Korea's first gold medal in the FINA Diving World Series in the women's 10m synchronized platform event. Hyon II Myong was paired with a different female athlete when the pair finished second in the Beijing and Montreal editions of the FINA World Series.  

Divers from North Korea have recently enjoyed international success. In 2017 Hyon II Myong was one half of the pair that received a bronze medal at the FINA World Championships in Budapest in the 10m Synchronized Platform event. Also at that same World Championships, Korean divers finished second in the Women's 10m Synchronized Platform event.

The Russian tandem of Nikita Shleikher and Julia Timoshinina finished 32.13 points behind the Chinese team in today's competition, scoring 310.08 points. The pair enjoyed two second place finishes in the March editions of the World Series held in Japan and China. The same pair placed second at the 2018 event held in Fuji, Japan.

The rest of the RESULTS are available here.

FINA World Series RANKINGS in this event after three editions: 



CHINA - 81 points
RUSSIA - 69 points
DPR of KOREA - 57 points
CANADA - 48 points
GREAT BRITAIN - 45 points
MALAYSIA - 31.50 points
JAPAN - 21 points, tie
USA - 21 points, tie
AUS - 19.5 points

QUOTES from the medallists following the Awards Ceremony.

Jo Jin Mi (PRK), silver

"This is my first competition and my first medal. I tried to be a good diver today and I am very happy.  It is my first time to Montreal" 

Julia Timishinina (RUS), bronze

“We are happy about the bronze medal today, because we felt very tired and still jetlag as it is the middle of the night right now in Russia.  We are satisfied with our performance and enjoyed diving in Montreal, but we had more difficulties with the fourth dive today.”