18 March, 2016

China Go All Out For Gold On Day One

The Chinese dominance of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series continued today as they took all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the second round of the series at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The first event of the day saw China lead their second successive win during the second leg of the 10m platform synchro in both men’s and women’s finals. The men accomplished a landslide win, securing gold with a substantial 37.59 points ahead of British duo, Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow, who claimed 2nd place. World female champions Liu Huixia and Si Yajie also maintained their leadership position in Beijing, followed closely by Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion from Canada.

In the first event of the evening session, the women’s 3m synchro springboard final, He Zi and Wang Han of China remain undefeated following last week’s result. In what was a clear first position ranking for all but their last dive, where they fell to fifth place, China overall remain unaffected by this lapse. Scoring a total of 328.80 points, a cool 11.85 points clear of runner’s up, Italy, China have once again secured themselves a strong lead. Italy held a very steady 2nd place ranking with springboard duo Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape taking silver, knocking Ukraine into 3rd position vs. previous week.

Despite feeling under the weather all week, Tania was delighted with the outcome. “We are really happy with our performance considering the last 2 days I was lying in bed with fever and, having recovered a little, it turned out to be our best competition this year”.

When asked what helped them to gain the runner’s up position, Tania replied, “We did a little better on each dive compared to last week, which helped us climb to silver.”

The final event of the evening produced another outstanding win for China, with Qin Kai and Cao Yuan holding the lead position with each dive, though they also fell a few places to 3rd spot on the final round. As with the women, this did not affect their overall lead position and earned them a vastly improved personal performance of 21.78 points on last week’s result. The Ukraine’s also saw a huge improvement, with Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Illya Kvasha advancing to 2nd place from 5th in Beijing.

After scoring nearly 30 points more overall than last week, Illya said, “We are so happy because we have practiced hard and had hoped that here in Dubai our results would be much better than in the first series in Beijing, where we just managed to finish. Sometimes you make mistakes because we are all human but this is sports, and (diving) is a great sport, so we hope to continue to build in the next leg.”


Talking of their climb to 2nd place, Illya adds, “I think we were just relaxed and not looking at how the competition was doing. We tried to do all our dives the best that we could.”

“China have continued well on the wave of their success in Beijing,” said Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Federation. “It has also been good to see other nation’s progress and secure silver and bronze medals in the Dubai leg of the tournament” he added.

The event continues tomorrow morning from 10am with the 10m platform women’s semi-finals followed by 3m springboard men’s semi-finals.

The 2016 FINA/NVC Diving World Series event consists of four legs and kicked off in Beijing then travels to Dubai and Windsor (Canada) before the last leg in Kazan (Russia) on 22-24 April. Divers compete for points and prize money at each of the ten events, in the categories of 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in solo, synchro and mixed synchro diving.

There will be two sessions on each day, from 10am-12 noon and from 5-8pm.

Tickets to catch all the action at the FINA/NVC Diving World Series will be available at the door at the Hamdan Sports Complex on the Emirates Road. Tickets are 50dhs per day, entry for children under 12 is free.


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