China divers top worlds

China finished their final session assignments on Saturday night in fantastic style after missing out on just one gold throughout the 3-day Fina/Midea Diving World Series in Dubai.

By Moni Mathews

Published: Mon 25 Mar 2013, 10:14 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:06 AM

After the shock result on Friday night when China was beaten into third in the men’s 3m springboard finals, China reasserted themselves as the world leaders with commanding performances in both the men’s and women’s 10m platform finals on Saturday night.

In the women’s final the dual world and Olympic champion Chen Ruolin continued her spectacular form, taking her second gold of the meet to go with the 10m synchro gold she won with partner Liu Huixia on Thursday.

As is customary for her, Roulin took the lead with her first dive and produced another consistent display to finish the competition with 403.85, 21.95 points clear of second placed Meaghan Benfeito.

Meaghan achieved the consistency she had been aiming for with every dive scoring in the 70s, finishing with 381.90, taking her second silver for the competition after finishing in the same position with partner Roseline Filion in the 10m synchro.

It was a tight tussle for the bronze with Brittany Broben of Australia sitting in third position until a superb 407C inward 21⁄2 somersault tuck from Russia’s Yulia Koltunova in Round 4 which topscored for the competition, pushed Brittany into fourth.

Brittany produced the best dive of the round in the final round, finishing with 369.80, but fell short of a medal by 1.75 points, with Yulia finishing with 371.05.

Like Chen and Meaghan, Yulia’s bronze was also her second after placing third in the 10m synchro.

Malaysia’s Pandelela Pamg Rinong finished fifth with 353.50, and Canada’s Roseline Filion finished sixth with 289.15.

China’s Aisen Chen took the early lead, with a brilliant 102.60 for his first dive, a 6245D back armstand double with 21⁄2 twists to take a 19.40 point lead, which he then extended with his second dive which earned him three tens for a total of 95.70.

The Series continues in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 19-21.

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