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China controls 3m springboard finals in Guadalajara

May 26, 2013
The women's 3m springboard podium: Wang (CHN, silver), He (CHN, gold), Cagnotto (ITA, bronze)

The women’s 3m springboard podium: Wang (CHN, silver), He (CHN, gold), Cagnotto (ITA, bronze)

China dominated the 3m springboard finals of the sixth leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico with He Zi and He Chao winning the women’s and men’s event respectively. Over 3000 spectators were present this Saturday in the Pan American Aquatics Complex to cheer the best divers in the world, gathered in the last meet of this year’s World Series.

He Zi largely controlled the 3m individual event throughout the circuit, with five titles (her teammate Shi Tingmao was the best in Moscow). The elegance and correcteness of her dives, as well as clean entries in the water, gave He the first place with 370.05 points. Wang Han, also from China, took the silver in 354.75. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) and Laura Sanchez (MEX) fought for the bronze medal, which in the end went to the Italian star (335.90 against 331.90 for Sanchez).

“I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than last week. Although I failed the third dive, I feel very happy and now I just think in the World Championship,” said Cagnotto.

“Today is my last day of competition in this World Series and I’m a little sad because of that, but obviously happy for this result. I will return to Beijing and analyse the competition, thinking about my strengths and weaknesses and train more,” considered He Zi.

Among men, He Chao (CHN) also confirmed his supremacy and displayed six very secure dives, earning gold with a total of 531.55 points.

“It’s the first time I participated in a big competition like the World Series. I am happy with this result. I will return to China to train more and still improve my performances,” confessed He Chao.

Yahel Castillo (MEX) tried to repeat the victory of last week also in Guadalajara, but some mistakes in the middle of his programme, dictated his second place. Yahel was silver medallist in 495.90 points, while OLeg Kolodiy (UKR) left with the bronze (484.65).

“After these Series I got additional motivation to continue training and I surely enjoy more and more the atmosphere at the high-level competitions,” noted Castillo.

The last day of the Guadalajara rendezvous, gathering divers from 10 countries and comprising 15 Olympic medallists, will be highlighted by the men’s and women’s finals of the 10m platform.

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