FINA Communication Department

Boy's 'B' 3m springboard final (competitors aged 1993/1994)
One of the finals that took place on the fifth day (Saturday, September 20) of competition at the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships, the boy’s 3m springboard, saw Great Britain’s Thomas Daley cleanly defeated by China’s Dongliang Wu by a sizable margin. For Daley’s 485.25 accumulated point total, Wu reached 510.25. In third place was Peng Wang of China with a reputable score of 470.40.

This showdown featured some beautiful efforts by these young divers, who will most likely be among the international stars of this discipline for years to come. Wu’s programme featured four dives with a degree of difficulty of 3.0, so he simply had to perform consistently well to earn the gold; a task which he carried out with precision. His final two dives were particularly impressive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault pike followed by a forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike, for which he received total scores of 72.00 and 76.50 respectively.

Daley too, executed some of the nicest dives of the entire round on his way to garnering his second silver medal at these Championships. His second dive, a back 2 ½ somersault pike, was lovely and judges gave him a total score of 76.50. At this point he was still struggling for the win. But even though he managed a magnificent final dive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault pike, for which judges gave him 8.5’s and 9.0’s for a total of 72.80, he was already destined for second place.

Wang meanwhile, earned his bronze by choosing a programme with a relatively high degree of difficulty and performing his dives steadily. His first effort was most awarded, an inward 2 ½ somersault pike that gave him three judgements of 8.0 and 69.00 points in total. All the while he was trailed by Russia’s Alexander Galchenko, who finished in fourth with an accumulated total of 461.80 points.