Chinese divers bounce back

China, beaten into bronze spot in the men’s 3m springboard finals late on Friday night (Day 2), were back to winnings ways again on Saturday (Day 3),

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Mon 25 Mar 2013, 12:35 AM

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

the final day of the Fina/Midea Diving World Series Dubai 2013 at the iconic Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum swimming complex, off the Dubai Bypass Road.

China suffered a rare defeat on Friday in the finals of the men’s 3m springboard with Illya Kvasha of Ukraine taking the gold, and Javier Garcia Illana the silver in an upset defeat of reigning world champion He Chong. In the first women’s semi-final Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito (335.30) and Roseline Filion (291.85) and Australia’s Brittany Broben (322.35) all looked the goods and qualified.

Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco (273.60) produced two good final dives but could not break into the top three and missed the cut, a media office communiqué said.

In the second semi-final dual world and Olympic Champion China’s Chen Ruolin (376.80) displayed her customary brilliance, taking the lead with her first dive and maintaining it throughout.

Yulia Koltunova of Russia produced a consistent set, scoring in the 60s and 70s and qualified second with 337.80, ahead of Malaysia’s Pandelela Pamg Rinong who started slowly but improved to finish third with 332.20.

Australia’s Melissa Wu started well but faltered on her fourth and fifth dives and finished in fifth place on 275.20, missing the final along with Italy’s Noemi Batki , 313.85 who had a poor second dive which put her out of contention. In the men’s semis action, all divers were assured of qualification so the result sets the dive order for the finals slotted for a late evening start.

Again, predictably, the superb 10m synchro gold medallists Lin Yue and Aisen Chen dominated as they showed their individual brilliance, Lin finishing first with 547.55 and Aisen second with 536.45. Chen led for the first four rounds but only scored 72.15 for his fifth dive, allowing Lin to take the lead. Both divers scored 10 twice to the delight of the crowds, as they stamped their authority on the competition.

Russia’s Victor Minibaev ( 472.85) and Artem Chesakov (410.40), who together won silver in the 10m synchro final, qualified third and fourth respectively, while Mexico’s Ivan Garcia lacked consistency and finished in fifth with 399.70.

moni@khaleejtimes.com



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