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DWS 2009: Stratton pulls off surprise win in women's 3m springboard

Sharleen Stratton of Australia denied China's clean sweep at the 2009 FINA Diving World Series in Changzhou (CHN) as she outplayed Chinese rising star He Zi to win the women's 3m springboard title. China won seven out of eight events contested at the second leg of the World Series, held on March 27-28.
Stratton, bronze medalist in last year's World Cup, led the field from her third dive - a 107B forward 3 1/2 somersault with the highest score of the event, 79.05 - and amassed a winning total of 373.05 points. He did well in her last two dives but still failed to overtake Strtton and had to settle for a silver medal on 367.05. Laura Sanchez and Paola Espinosa made a 3-4 finish for Mexico. Chinese veteran Wu Minxia did not qualify for the final.

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28Mar2009

DWS 2009: Chinese divers shine on Day 1 in Changzhou

China blitzed to win all the four titles on offer on the first day of the 2009 FINA Diving World Series’ second leg in Chanzhou (CHN), taking place on March 27-28, while Russian veteran Dmitry Sautin stole the limelight by claiming a bronze medal in the men's 3m springboard.
At 35, Sautin was the long-time role model for many young divers all over the world. He said he felt tired after the first leg of the World Series in Doha (QAT) last week and he was glad to win a bronze medal in Changzhou. World and Olympic champion Qin Kai and Zhang Xinhua made a 1-2 Chinese finish in the men's 3m springboard, and Patrick Hausding of Germany finished fourth.

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27Mar2009

DWS 2009: Zhou takes revenge from Mitcham in Doha (QAT)

Like in the first day, the Chinese divers showed once more their superiority in the final session of the initial leg of the 2009 FINA Diving World Series, held in Doha (QAT), on March 21-22, taking all the four gold medals at their disposal. At the end of the competition, China got all the eight titles at stake, confirming its present supremacy in diving’s world hierarchy.

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22Mar2009

DWS 2009: China dominates in Doha

The divers of China dominated the inaugural day of the first leg of the 2009 FINA Diving World Series, taking place in Doha (QAT) on March 21-22, by winning all the four gold medals on offer. In the individual events, the Chinese supremacy was even more evident, with the first two places in the podium in the men’s 3m springboard and women’s 10m platform. In the synchro events (where a maximum of one team per country is allowed), China also won comfortably the men’s 10m platform and the women’s 3m springboard. In the men’s 3m springboard, Zhang Xinhua (CHN) did not allow his main challengers to approach him and secure the gold with a total of 521.85, well ahead of his compatriot (and third in this event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing) Qin Kai (499.25). The third place of the podium was for the Mexican Yahel Castillo in 489.25.

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21Mar2009

Mexico’s divers test their abilities in Qatar, while organisers at home prepare to host final stop

The Mexican team arrived in Qatar poised to compete in the first date of the 3rd FINA Diving World Series 2009, to be held on March 21 and 22. Upon arrival in Qatar, the Mexican team composed of Rommel Pacheco, Paola Espinosa, Yahel Castillo and Laura Sanchez began training in the aquatic complex of the competition. In Qatar, Paola Espinosa, fourth in the platform of 10m at the Beijing Olympic Games, said: "I am happy to start competing in Qatar, but I will only be diving in the 3m springboard; an event that I like and where I am beginning to compete internationally. The platform will be for later, because I am currently improving my dives".

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20Mar2009

Highlights from European World League Round 3: wins for Serbia, Croatia, Germany

The third round of preliminary games within the European groups of the men's FINA Water Polo World League took place on March 10 (three games) and on March 3, 2009 (one game) in four countries. (Details on the match of March 3 are contained in a separate story, also on the FINA site.)In Group 1 (Serbia, Greece, France) Greece was defeated by Olympic bronze medallists Serbia by a score of 6-11. From Group 3 (Spain, Croatia, Russia, Germany) the winners once again were the 2007 World Champion team of Croatia over Spain with a score of 11-8, while in the other Group 3 game, Russia was defeated by Germany 7-10.
Currently, the teams of Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia lead the rankings in their respective groups, while Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany are in runners-up positions. France, Romania and Russia meanwhile, have yet to secure a victory.

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11Mar2009

DGP 2009: China continues to dominate as the third Grand Prix stage wraps up in Moscow

Stage three of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2009 took place from March 5-8 in Moscow (RUS) and at this meeting, like the two before it, the dominant nation in action was China. Chinese divers collected 10 medals (6 golds, 3 silvers, 1 bronze), while the host country picked up a respectable seven medals (2 golds and 5 silvers), and teams from Mexico and Ukraine garnered two medals each – double bronze in both cases. Divers from Canada, Germany and Spain (one bronze each) also climbed the podium.

Multi-medal winning participants in Moscow include Shixin Li (CHN), who took gold in the men’s springboard synchro with partner Minghong Wu, and silver in the individual synchro. China’s Lin Qu and Jun Dong also climbed the podium twice; the first time together for the women’s springboard synchro and then again for the individual springboard event in which Qu took gold and Dong took silver. Yang Xiang (CHN) had to settle for silver in the men’s platform, but then won the synchro platform event with partner Huian Su. Ni Chen, who swept both women’s platform event, was actually China’s only double gold medal winner in Moscow. Chen’s synchro partner Lindan Deng also fared well, winning an individual platform bronze in addition to her synchro gold.

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10Mar2009

Montenegro beats (8-6) Italy in Trieste

Italy 6 – Montenegro 8(0-0, 1-2, 2-1, 3-5)In Trieste, Montenegro managed the first victory away of this World League so far, by defeating Italy 8-6. The first three periods were very balanced, with no goals in the first quarter, a 2-1 advantage for Montenegro in the second and also a 2-1 score for Italy in the third period.Tied at 3-3 before the decisive quarter, Mladan Janovic (MNE) rapidly scored for the 4-3 (28 seconds), a goal that was followed by the successful attempt of Valentino Gallo 50 seconds later. Fiorentini did the 5-4 for Italy, but a prompt reaction by Montenegro (Ivovic and Radovic) led to a 6-5 score for the visiting team.

Men's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2009
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04Mar2009

Mexico prepares for FINA OWS GP in Sumidero Canyon

The promotion of open water swimming in Mexico is very important and in 2009 two international FINA events will be held in the country: a leg of the Open Water Swimming Grand Prix will take place at the Sumidero Canyon on April 18, and a stage of the Marathon Swimming World Cup will be held in Cancun on September 12.The first open water international competition in Mexico for 2009 is the fourth date of the Grand Prix with a distance of 15km, which will double as the XX Sumidero Canyon Marathon.

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03Mar2009

Mexico prepares for FINA OWS GP in Sumidero Canyon

The promotion of open water swimming in Mexico is very important and in 2009 two international FINA events will be held in the country: a leg of the Open Water Swimming Grand Prix will take place at the Sumidero Canyon on April 18, and a stage of the Marathon Swimming World Cup will be held in Cancun on September 12.The first open water international competition in Mexico for 2009 is the fourth date of the Grand Prix with a distance of 15km, which will double as the XX Sumidero Canyon Marathon.

UltraMarathon Swim Series 2009
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03Mar2009

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