Anna Kozina, FINA Media Committee Member

The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25. “I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin


On his silver medal, Andreas Larsen said: “There was a tough fight for gold on 1m springboard with Russian Nikita Nikolaev. He is my permanent opponent. Two days ago I was the winner. On 3m springboard I also wanted to do my best. I tried to calm down and to show my maximum level as I did on Thursday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t beat Chinese Zhu Han. As a consolation, I think his advantage was not overwhelming…”

Among girls, Russian Yulia Timoshinina (her mother and coach Svetlana Timoshinina is a three-time European champion), who recently won a senior European title in Berlin on synchro platform, surprisingly missed the final of the junior individual event, being 13th in the preliminary round. In the Girls A final, Australian Lara Tarvit picked up the gold medal, totalling 438.05 points. After her confident last dive, Lara got out of the pool with a pleased and sunny smile. Silver went to Alejandra Orozco (MEX) in 434.55, while Lian Jie from China took bronze (425.50).

Medallists in the Girls Platform - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

Boys B, 3m springboard

1. Zhu Han (CHN), 466.15
2. Andreas Sargent Larsen (DEN), 462.60
3. Li Zheng (CHN), 446.25
Girls А, 5-7.5-10m platform
1. Lara Tarvit (AUS), 438.05
2. Alejandra Orozco (MEX), 434.55
3. Lian Jie (CHN), 425.50