The XXIII Junior World Diving Championships has started at the Liko Sports Complex in Kyiv. Nine mixed teams competed for the first set of awards, performed in five rounds: on the 1m, 3m springboards, and 10m platform, in individual and synchro. Athletes of age groups "A" and "B" made five classes of dives.
Team Italy claimed the first Gold Medal of the World Junior Championships with a score of 309.95 points, followed by Russia (309.60) and Sweden (293.50).
Chiara Pellacani (ITA), Mixed Team winner: “We are delighted because it is the first competition and as you see we have a very nice start. We worked as a team today. We hoped for a medal, but not a gold one, and we are so pleased now. It is my first world gold medal. Here is a very nice organization in COVID-19 conditions.”
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Uliana Klueva (RUS), Mixed Team silver medallist: “Of course, I would like gold, but on the whole, I am pleased with the performance. Everything went well, and we performed well. Most of all, I am satisfied with my dive - two and a half somersault pike. I will also perform on the 1m and 3m springboards individual and synchro events.
David Ekdahl (SWE), Mixed Team bronze medallist: “I am so satisfied with my team performance. We trained very hard, and we got results. This is my first world championship medal, and I feel thrilled and proud. Here in Kyiv, I feel very safe despite COVID-19. I am glad that the championship took place, we came here and enjoyed the competitions. We spend a lot of time in the pool, focusing on performance. ”
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