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Double Gold for China at Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool

July 23, 2013

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The Chinese partnership formed of Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu and the diver Li Shixin won the gold medals in Women’s 10m Synchronised and Men´s 1m Springboard, respectively. With this double result China proves once again that it is a great power in diving and that it will not be easy for the others competitors to make it on to that top step of the podium.

In the Men´s 1m Springboard competition, Shixin Li scored 26.65 points more than the Ukrainian, Illya Kvasha, who came in second. The duel was between the latter and the Mexican diver, Alejandro Chavez, who won the first medal for his team. The final score was: Gold for Li with 460.95 points, Silver for Kvasha with 434.30 points and Bronze for Chavez with 431.55 points.

During the press conference the three divers showed just how excited they were to participate in this competition and especially at the iconic Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool. “I had seen a video of Barcelona ´92 Olympics Games and since then I´d always wanted to dive here – said Li – therefore, winning here today, is a dream come true.”

The afternoon´s event of Women´s 10 m synchronised proved again to be a tight fight for the first three spots. With each dive the different partnerships continued to better their scores and therefore the ranking kept changing. Finally Chen and Liu took the gold with a score of 356.28; 24.87 points ahead of the Canadian duo, Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Fillion with 331.41. The bronze went to by the Malaysian partnership formed of Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong with 331.14.

For some of these divers it has been their first medal therefore not just making Barcelona 2013 a special championships but also a special place for them, as the Chinese pair communicated to the press. “We started a little slow but then we went up a level. It’s the first medal for us in eight years so we are very happy”, Benfeito and Filion commented between giggles. For their part Pamg and Leong showed that they were happy with their performance and congratulated the rest of the competitors.

Tomorrow, the public of Barcelona 2013 can enjoy the preliminaries of Women´s 3m Springboard (10.00 – 11:25) and two other finals:  Men’s 1m Springboard (14:00 – 15:00) and the Women´s 3m Springboard  (17:30 – 19:00).

Facts & figures:

Li Shixin (CHN) became the first man to win this event multiple times after claiming gold in 2011.

At the age of 25 years and 160 days, Li is the oldest winner of this event

China have now won this event seven out of 10 times, including the last four editions.

Ilya Kvasha (UKR, silver) and Alejandro Chavez (MEX, bronze) won the first medal in this event for their countries.

Kvasha won Ukraine’s first medal in a men’s event other than 10m Platform Synchro, in which it has won three medals.

Chavez won Mexico’s first medal in this event and the third bronze in all men’s events (also two silvers).



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