Greg Eggert, FINA Media Committee Member (USA)

Divers from China swept the final three events of the 2017 FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Windsor, Canada today. The anthem of the Peoples Repuplic of China was played 8 times during the three day competiton for each of the 8 titiles earned. The Chinese won gold and silver in the women's 3m and the men's 10m platform and they found the top of the podium in the Mixed 3m Synchronized event too. Every Chinese diver competing today won either a gold or a silver medal. The Chinese divers will leave Windsor with a total of 14 medals.

The Windsor edition is the finale of the 2017 FINA/NVC Diving World Series. Rio 2016 Olympic champions Tingmao SHI and Aisen CHEN of China won their events and were joined on the podium by their teammates who earned silver medals as runner ups. The Chinese divers were impressive and consistent in Windsor winning 8 of the 10 events on the three day program. Every Chinese athlete who competed in Windsor claimed a medal except the pair competing in the Men's 3m Synchronized event. During the four World Series events the Chinese divers claimed titles in 37 of the 40 events of the World Series competition.

The final edition of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series was held at the Windsor International Aquatics & Traning Centre from April 21-23rd. The City of Windsor is celebrating it's 125th birthday, the nation of Canada's 150th birthday and now the three silver medals won by the host country's athletes, all in the synchronized diving events. Canadians Jennifer ABEL and Francois IMBEAU-DULAC earned a silver medal in the Mixed 3m Synchronized event tonight. On Friday Jennifer ABEL and Melissa CITRINI BEALIEU earned their silver medal in the Women's 3m Synchronized event. Teammates Vincent RIENDEAU and Meaghan BENFEITO collected a silver medal in the Mixed 10m Synchronized in Saturday's competition.

In the first event of today's final session of the World Series, the Rio Olympic Champion Tingmao SHI beat her teammate Han WANG by 17.60 points. The Chinese athletes finished first and second in the women's 3m Springboard. Earlier this year SHI won titles in Beijing, Guangzhou and in Kazan allowing her to complete a sweep of this event in Windsor after scoring 378.40 points. WANG previously earned a silver medal in Kazan. Maddison KEENEY of Australia finished 50.10 points behind the Chinese champion to collect the bronze medal. KEENEY nabbed two bronze medals in this event at the Beijing and Guangzhou editions.

High drama played out in Men's 10m Platform event when Hao YANG nearly defeated Olympic champion Aisen CHEN. YANG led the field of six athletes after the second, fourth and fifth dives scoring 105.0, 104.4 and 111 points respectively on those dives. Although YANG received marks that included five 10's and two 9.5's in his second and also his fifth dive, YANG's final dive was the worst of the field. The 59.40 points he earned on his sixth dive was not enough to clinch the gold medal.

CHEN is not only the reigning Olympic gold medalist from Rio 2016 in this event but won three consecutive titles in Beijing, Guangzhou and Kazan earlier this year; his fourth earned in Windsor today.

“During a competition, I only focus on myself, I do not have time to think about other competitors, so I didn’t know that YANG was leading after the fifth round,” said CHEN. “I am not satisfied with my performance at all, this does not reflect what I am doing in training.”

YANG settled for the silver medal, adding to the silver medals he collected in Beijing and Kazan and the one bronze medal in Guangzhou. “I am disappointed with my performance on the last dive. I need to take some time to think about what happened. I have difficulties with this dive and will have to practice it more during training,” said YANG.

Double Olympic bronze medalsit Tom DALEY scored 106.20 points earning four 10's and two 9.5's in his final dive to clinch the bronze medal in the Men's Platform. DALEY led after the first dive but soon found his way into the basement after several low scoring dives until redeeming himself in his final dive.

"The World Series is always a great opportunity to compete against the world's best. I didn't dive my best todsy. I am a little bit frustrated because I know that I could have been up there with the Chinese today. There were some good things to take away from today. I landed some of my best dives I have done this season but also noticed some dives that i need to work on. I am looking forward to Budapest this summer. The World Series events always give you valuable experience going into the major event of the year. I want to go to the Worlds Championship in good form, good phycical health, and good mental health. I want to go there to do the best that i can." said the Brit.

DALEY earned a silver medal in Guangzhou placing between CHEN and YANG and found a place on the podium claiming bronze medals in Beijing and Kazan.

Li ZHENG and Han WANG of China scored 335.10 points in the final event of the competition, the Mixed 3m Synchronized event. The Chinese were brilliant achieving the highest scores in execution and synchronization today to complete a sweep of all four World Series titles. Finishing 23.55 points behind, the Canadian duo of Jennifer ABEL and Francois IMBEAU-DULAC earned a silver medal to match the medal earned in Guangzhou.

I feel pretty excited about what we accomplished this season, but I know we have way more in store. We are going to work extremely hard to go get another medal at World Championships this summer in Budapest,” said François IMBEAU-DULAC.

“We’re going to fight really hard to be on the podium, and hopefully fight with the Chinese for a gold medal.” The Canadian pair improved on their third place in Beijing, the first competiton of the World Series season. Not far behind was the Australian team of Maddison KENNEY and Kevin CHAVEZ who will take their bronze medals "down under".

The only gold medals not won by Chinese divers in Windsor were won by Jack LAUGHER of Great Britain who won the Men's 3m Springboard and the Russian pair of Evgenii KUZNETSOV and Ilia ZAKHAROV who won the Men's 3m Synchronized. Laugher alson won the 3m event in Beijing accounting for the three gold medals not won by Chinese divers this season. The Chinese pair faltered in Windsor finishing 4th in the Men's 3m Synchronized event which was won by the Russians.

GOLD MEDALS

CHN 8; GBR - 1; RUS - 1

Jack LAUGHER - GBR - Men's 3m Springboard - 567.15

Tingmao SHI - CHN - Women's 3m Springboard - 378.40

Aisen CHEN - CHN - Men's 10m Platform - 569.10

Yajie SI - CHN - Women's 10m Platform - 390.60

Evgenii KUZNETSOV & Ilia ZAKHAROV - RUS - Men's 3m Synchronized - 422.88

Yani CHANG & Tingmao SHI - CHN - Women's 3m Synchronized - 310.80

Hao YANG & Aisen CHEN - CHN - Men's 10m Synchronized - 477.84

Quia REN & Yajie SI - CHN - Women's 10m Synchronized - 336.66

Han WANG & Zheng LI - CHN - Mixed 3m Synchronized - 355.10

Jie LIAN & Junjie LIAN - CHN - Mixed 10m Synchronized - 334.37

SILVER MEDALS

CHN-3; CAN-3; AUS-1; GER-1; MAS-1; MEX-1

Siyi XIE - CHN - Men's 3m Springboard - 528.50

Han WANG - CHN - Women's 3m Springboard - 360.80

Hao YANG - CHN - Men's 10m Platform - 564.50

Melissa WU - AUS - Women's 10m Platform - 384.00

Jahir OCAMPO MARROQUIN & Rommel PACHECO MARRUFO - MEX - Men's 3m Synchronized - 411.51

Jennifer ABEL & Melissa CITRINI BEALIEU - CAN - Women's 10m Synchronized - 305.52

Sascha KLEIN & Patrick HAUSDING - GER - Men's 10m Synchronized - 430.68

Nur Dhabitah BINTI - MAS - Women's 10m Synchronized - 298.80

Jennifer ABEL and Francois IMBEAU-DULAC - CAN - Mixed 3m Synchronized - 311.55

Vincent RIENDEAU & Meaghan BENFEITO - CAN - 314.82 - Mixed 10m Synchronized - 314.82

BRONZE MEDALS

CHN-3; AUS-4; RUS-1; GBR-2

Yuan CAU - CHN - Men's 3m Springboard - 500.50

Maddison KEENEY - AUS - Women's 3m Springboard - 328.30

Thomas DALEY - GBR - Men's 10m Platform - 493.80

Qian REN - CHN - Women's 10m Platform - 360.70

Yuan CAO & Siyi XIE - CHN - Men's 3m Synchronized - 400.50

Esther QIN & Anabelle Smith - AUS - Women's 3m Synchronized - 299.70

Aleksandr BONDAR & Vickor MINIBAEV - RUS - Men's 10m Synchronized - 422.16

Tonia Couch & Lois Toulson - GBR - Women's 10m Synchronized - 298.62

Kevin CHAVEZ & Maddison Keeney - AUS - Mixed 3m Synchronized - 335.10

Melissa WU & Domonic BEDGGOOD - AUS - Mixed 10m Synchronized - 314.04

MEDAL DISTRIBUTION

CHN - 8 Gold; 3 Silver & 3 Bronze

GBR - 1 Gold & 2 Silver

RUS - 1 Gold & 1 Silver

AUS - 1 Gold & 4 Silver

MAS - 1 Gold

MEX - 1 Gold

CAN - 3 Silver

GER - 1 Silver