FINA World Championships

Golden treble for Qiu gives China 10 world titles out of 13

Kazan 2015 - DV

Qiu Bo overcame Olympic champion David Boudia on the 10m tower for the third time in succession at the FINA World Championships to complete a golden treble to match the great Greg Louganis and give China a final tally of 10 diving titles out of 13 in the Kazan Aquatics Palace. Qiu, consigned to silver by Boudia at the 2012 London Olympics, made it three world 10m golds for himself and three silvers for the 26-year-old American, who led for the first two rounds of the six-dive final, performed superbly throughout but could not withstand the challenge of the peerless Chinese master. Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley of Great Britain, the 2009 world 10m champion, won his last-round duel with Mexico’s Ivan Garcia to claim a bronze to add to the gold he won with Rebecca Gallantree in the inaugural mixed 3m/10m team event.

Qiu scored more than 100 points with two of his dives and amassed a six-dive aggregate of 587.00 points to win by 26.80 points from Boudia (560.20) and 49.05 from Daley (537.95), each of whom could also boast single scores of over 100 in the final. Garcia, who racked up 104.55 points from his penultimate inward 4-1/2 somersaults with an astronomical 4.1 degree of difficulty (DD) to stand exactly level with Daley, could not pull off another high DD dive as he had hoped and Daley stormed past with a back 3-1/2 somersaults which earned 102.60 points.

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Wang and Yang win mixed 3m synchro for China’s ninth diving world title

Kazan 2015 - DV

Wang Han and Yang Hao spun to China’s ninth diving title of the FINA World Championships, comfortably winning the mixed 3m synchro, one of three new events in the programme, from Canada and Italy, for whom Tania Cagnotto claimed her third medal in Kazan.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel, who let a medal slip from her grasp in the final round of the women’s 3m final the previous evening to usher in Cagnotto for bronze, enjoyed a spectacular change of fortune for the better to leap from sixth to silver with her last effort in the mixed synchro.

Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac performed a brilliant pair of forward 2-1/2 somersaults and 2 twists, earning the competition’s top score of 80.58 points, to soar from sixth of 13 pairs in round four to clinch the silver in final round five. Abel, who had plummeted from third to sixth in the individual 3m, ended up with a second Kazan silver medal to go with the one she gained with Pamela Ware in the women’s 3m synchro. 

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Shi Tingmao bags gold number eight for China

Kazan 2015 - DV

Shi Tingmao won her second gold medal of the FINA World Championships when she led a Chinese one-two with defending champion He Zi in the women’s 3m springboard to bring China their eighth title of 11 contested at Kazan’s Aquatics Palace, with two finals still to come.

Shi, who had already retained the 3m synchro world crown with Wu Minxia, shared the lead with He in the first of the five rounds but then edged ahead of her team-mate as other challengers faded. Canada’s Olympic 3m synchro bronze medallist Jennifer Abel, who had gathered Kazan silver in the 3m synchro, was their most persistent rival, never out of the top three until she blew her final dive and dropped from third to sixth. That let in Tania Cagnotto for the bronze. The 30-year-old Italian had won the 1m title ahead of Shi and He to deny China gold for the first time in Kazan. She shot up from fifth to third to win her fourth 3m bronze medal in the last six World Championships.

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He Chao holds nerve to inherit world 3m diving title from big brother

Kazan 2015 - DV

He Chao succeeded his elder brother He Chong as 3m world champion, withstanding a riproaring challenge from Russia’s Olympic gold medallist Ilya Zakharov to put China back on the winning track in the Kazan diving pool and hoist their title tally to seven out of 10. Zakharov laid down a ferocious attack in the fifth and final round, pulling off a forward 4-1/2 somersaults (109C) which netted an enormous 106.40 points to put all the pressure on He Chao, taking on the same high 3.8 difficulty dive. But 23-year-old He, backed by an 11-point lead, did not buckle, earning 102.60 points himself to inherit the title won three times in succession by his 28-year-old brother He Chong, whom he had ousted from the Chinese line-up in the last national trials.

He Chao amassed 555.05 points from his five dives to consign Zakharov (547.60) to his second silver in Kazan, following the Russian’s third consecutive second place in the 3m synchro with Evgeny Kuznetsov. Jack Laugher of Great Britain, who held the lead after round two, clung on to the bronze, netting 528.90 points to stay ahead of Cao Yuan (523.95), former platform diver who won Olympic gold in the 10m synchro in 2012 and shared world gold in Kazan with Qin Kai in the 3m synchro. It was Laugher’s second medal in Kazan, following his bronze with Chris Mears in the 3m synchro, and capped a great week for Britain, which also featured gold for 2009 platform world champion Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree in the new 3m/10m team event. Kuznetsov, like Zakharov and He Chao, also topped the 100-mark with 102.60 for his final 109C but had to settle for fifth after bronze in 2011 and silver in 2013.

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Kim Kuk-hyang upstages Chinese 10m favourites for DPR Korea’s first-ever world title

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tiny Kim Kuk-hyang propelled the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to their first-ever gold medal at the FINA World Championships, showing the strongest nerve to trump her Chinese rivals and win the women’s 10m diving crown. Sixteen-year-old Kim trailed defending champion Si Yajie and heir-apparent Ren Qian going into the last round of the five-dive final but threw down an enormous challenge with her concluding back 2-1/2 somersaults with 1-1/2 twists which netted two perfect 10s and a score of 91.20 points. Si, leading into the last round but now with no room for error, tackled the same combination next but faltered and managed only 72.00 points, leaving the destiny of title in the hands of 14-year-old Ren, who had utterly dominated the preliminary and semi-final rounds the previous day. But this time the task proved too much for Ren, who scored 76.80 on that same fateful back dive, leaving her 9.05 points adrift overall. That meant Kim was world champion with an aggregate 397.05 points, relegating Ren to silver on 388.00 and letting in Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia for the bronze on 385.05. Si dropped out of the medals to fourth place, less than a point behind Pamg on 384.40.

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Daley and Gallantree win diving world title for Great Britain

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree struck world gold for Great Britain, resoundingly beating a pair of newly crowned Chinese champions to claim the inaugural mixed team diving title in Kazan’s Aquatics Palace. Daley, world 10m champion in 2009, excelled himself with monumental scores in his two dives on the 10m tower in the three-round event in which each of the duo dived alternately three times, with at least one dive each on the 3m and 10m boards. It capped a great couple of days for Britain after Jack Laugher and Chris Mears had scooped bronze in the men’s 3m synchro final the previous evening, the nation’s first world championship diving medals since Daley’s triumph six years earlier.

The British pair, diving second of the 14 duos, won with 434.65 points, with Ukraine charging through in the last round to snatch the silver (426.45) and relegate China’s Xie Siyi and Chen Ruolin to bronze (425.40), with the Russian hosts denied a medal in fourth place (418.50).

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Qin and Cao make it six wins for China in seven diving events in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Double Olympic champion Qin Kai clinched a unique fifth successive men's 3m synchro springboard gold, sharing victory with Cao Yuan to give China their sixth title of the FINA World Championships after one had escaped their grasp a few hours earlier.

Qin and Cao denied the home Russian crowd the win they had hoped for after Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov upstaged the Chinese pair in the morning’s preliminary round and seized the lead in the opening round of the six-dive final. But in the end China held sway in a fluctuating final, taking the lead in the second round, conceding it to the Russians in the third but then taking control in the fourth to win eventually by just over 12 points.


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Cagnotto wins gold at last and breaks China’s winning streak in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tania Cagnotto finally won the world gold which had eluded her for so long when she scored a superb victory on the 1m springboard which ended China’s monopoly of the diving titles in Kazan. The 30-year-old Italian, who claimed her first FINA World Championship medal 10 years ago, took charge from the start and held off the Chinese challenge through the five rounds of the final to relegate former 1m world champions Shi Tingmao and He Zi to silver and bronze after China had bagged the first five titles of the meet.




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Fifth 10m synchro gold in a row for Chen Ruolin (CHN)

Kazan 2015 - DV

Olympic champion Chen Ruolin claimed her fifth successive world 10m synchro gold medal and continued China’s sweep of Kazan diving titles with the nation’s fifth in five events at the FINA World Championships. Chen and Liu Huixia, her partner at the last Worlds in Barcelona in 2013 and her fourth in all, led all the way and held off the consistent challenge of Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion to win by some 20 points. North Korea claimed their first medal in any of the aquatic disciplines in the 42-year history of the World Championships as Kim Un-hyang and Song Nam-hyang gained a well-earned bronze.



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Four out of four for China

Kazan 2015 - DV

China maintained their stranglehold on the diving titles at the FINA World Championships when Xie Siyi won the men’s 1m springboard crown to make it four wins out of four for his country in Kazan. Xie broke the early challenge of Mexico’s Jorge Ocampo and swept serenely on to claim the first individual diving gold of the championships after the first three synchronised titles had also fallen to China.

Xie succeeded Li Shixin, world champion in 2011 and 2013 and the only man to have retained the title, but he had to work hard before eventually landing the gold by a handsome margin of over 36 points. Ocampo, 2013 world synchronised 3m bronze medallist, had led qualifiers in the preliminary round and held sway through the first three rounds of the six-dive final.


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