PR 46 - Sho Sakai (JPN) and Tania Cagnotto (ITA) at their best in Bolzano


Lausanne (SUI), June 26, 2012 - The 2012 edition of the FINA Diving Grand Prix wrapped up on June 24 in Bolzano (ITA) with more than 90 elite divers from 19 countries taking part in the event.

China walked away with five of the eight titles at stake. In the men’s field, Yang Jian took out the 10m platform with a gruelling total of 525.10 and triumphed again in the synchro same event with Chen Aisen. The 3m springboard synchro was won by Li Shixin/He Chao. Japan’s Sho Sakai had a breakthrough victory in the 3m springboard with 452.25 points, finishing ahead of He Chao by 0.95 points and giving to his country the first-ever gold medal in the discipline at this level.   

Among women, Bolzano-born Tania Cagnotto prevailed in the 3m springboard, sweeping gold in both the individual and synchro with Francesca Dallape while Chinese Liu Huixia bagged two golds in the 10m platform events, pairing with Zhu Jiaming.

Other nations with medals in Bolzano included Canada (2), Mexico (3), Russia (1), Sweden (1), Ukraine (1) and Venezuela (1).

One month away from the 2012 London Olympic Games, China confirms an excellent season with a first place in seven events of the general standings. Chen Aisen and Han Wang are the overall winners in the men’s 10m platform and women’s 3m springboard, respectively, with two wins each. Spain’s Javier Illana tops the men’s 3m springboard while Liu Huixia is the best in the women’s 10m platform.   

The overall ranking 2012 is available via the following link.

3m springboard: 1. Sho Sakai (JPN) 452.25; 2. He Chao (CHN) 451.30; 3. Jonathan Ruvalcaba (MEX) 427.35
10m platform: 1. Yang Jian (CHN) 525.10; 2. Chen Aisen (CHN) 483.55; 2. Andrea Chiarabini (ITA) 450.60
3m springboard synchro: 1. Li Shixin/He Chao (CHN) 434.01; 2. Robert Paez/Edickson Contreras (VEN) 388.77; 3. Rommel Pacheco/Jonathan Ruvalcaba (MEX) 379.80
10m platform synchro: 1. Chen Aisen/Yang Jian (CHN) 438.24; 2. Roman Lzmaylov/Artem Chesakov (RUS) 400.02; 3. Jesper Tolvers/Christofer Eskilsson (SWE) 396.33

3m springboard: 1. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 357.80; 2. Liu Jiao (CHN) 342.95; 3. Han Wang (CHN) 341.25
10m platform: 1. Huixia Liu (CHN) 385.90; 2. Noemi Batki (ITA) 336.80; 3. Carol-Ann Ware (CAN) 326.85
3m springboard synchro: 1. Tania Cagnotto/Francesca Dallape (ITA) 313.80; 2. Han Wang/Zheng Qulin (CHN) 297.90; 3. Anastasiya Nedobiga/Viktoriya Kesar (UKR) 269.52
10m platform synchro: 1. Huixia Liu/Zhu Jiaming (CHN) 329.70; 2.Carol-Ann Ware/Pamela Ware (CAN) 304.38; 3. Carla Rivas/Monica Marquez (MEX) 290.25