Chinese divers steal show in Dubai world diving series

Dragons sign off with six golds out of eight in Dubai world diving series

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Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014, 11:31 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:19 PM

China wrapped up their campaign on a triumphant note once more when they claimed six out of the eight golds at stake in the three-day Fina/NVC Diving World Series Dubai 2014.

The event ended after the late evening session on Saturday at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

China’s Qiu Bo stole the limelight with a perfect 10 from all the judges in the men’s 10m platform. — Supplied photo

The only countries to come in the way of the Dragon’s unbeatable form were Germany and Russia who took a gold each, including the Russian success in the thrilling final run on Saturday.

The final event was a breath-taking master class in diving, with the men’s 10m platform finals field featuring every medallist from the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 Fina World Championships.

The line up more than lived up to their reputation too, offering up a truly spectacular display of world class diving tonight, which included a perfect dive from China’s Qiu Bo which scored a 10 from every judge.

Nearly two thousand people flocked to the venue for the highly anticipated event and to see the world’s best in action, and were not disappointed.

Along with world champion Qiu Bo, the field included crowd favourite and Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley of Great Britain, Olympic champion David Boudia, world championships bronze medallist Sascha Klein, world championships silver medallist in synchro Victor Minibaev and European champion Oleksandr Bondar.

Qiu posted the first 10s of the night with his second dive, earning the perfect score from four of the judges and 103.25 total to take the lead, which he hung onto with a 98.60 for his next dive. Daley’s second dive was not as strong, dropping him to fourth place, with the USA’s Boudia moving into second.

Qiu produced a breath-taking perfect dive in round four with his 207B back 3.5 somersaults pike. When the 7 tens showed on the scoreboard the appreciative and vocal crowd erupted.

The joy turned to despair on Qiu’s next dive, as he over rotated on the 109c forward 4 ½ in tuck position and missed the entry, scoring him a disappointing 49.94 to drop out of the gold medal position, and hand the lead to Russia’s Minibaev.

While Qui had a horror fifth round missing the same dive that brought Daley unstuck, Boudia was climbing back up the rankings with a fifth round 102.60 to move into third place.

Qiu bounced back with his final dive earning him 83.60, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the consistent Minibaev, who took the gold with 537.05, just 6.15 points ahead of Qiu.

Boudia said: “It’s always fun diving with the world’s best, having China dive for 10s, the Russians and Tom Daley makes us all step up. The atmosphere that the UAE is great.”

Earlier in the evening the women’s final had seen a clear cut leader emerge early. Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito posted the best dive of the first round, but was quickly overtaken by China’s world championships 10m synchro gold medallist Liu Huixia. Huixia went on to produce some brilliant dives, with three scoring in the 80s to stretch her lead, taking China’s sixth gold of the competition with 400.70.

moni@khaleejtimes.com


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