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The new generation of China take over

July 26, 2013

BCN2013 Si Yajie 2

The Chinese diver Si Yajie, at just 14 years of age, overtook her compatriot Chen Roulin and took away her chance of retaining her world champion title in the women´s 10 m platform event. In third place came the Ukrainian Iuliia Prokopchuk that has become established as a new promising star in the 15th FINA World Championships.

Chen´s serious face during the press conference said it all. Today was her chance to become the second woman with multiple gold medals in the World Championships but the fourth round changed everything. She took a risk performing a backward crouched dive with three and a half turns that she “had only practiced once since arriving in Barcelona“- as she confessed in the press conference – and the judges scored her 59.40 which lowered her score and the possibility to get that so-desired title. It was in this very same round that Prokopchuk pulled off her best execution and jumped up to third position. Si Yajie was the most consistent and from the second round held the first place on the podium.

The total scores were: Si Yajie 392.15 points, Chen Roulin 388.70 points and Iuliia Prokopchuk 358.40 points. An exciting final, with great surprises that has left the Britain Sarah Barrow off the individual podium that she was hoping to reach for the first time in Barcelona 2013.

Si Yajie climbed up to the 10 m platform for the first time on an international scale in the Rostock Grand Prix in Germany in 2011 and two years later, in the same place, she came first. Her coach Zhang Ting commented “she has worked a lot to get here” and today´s results are the best proof of it. The diver recognised that there were mistakes in some of her dives but “apart from that I am satisfied with my execution. At this moment, I´m happy”.

The case of Iuliia Prokopchuk is similar. In Shanghai 2011 she came sixth in the same event and two years later captured the bronze, assuring that she would stay close to the Chinese. “I´m really happy. I still can´t believe it. I don´t have words for what has just happened” she declared just after hearing the result.

Accepting her second place Chen Roulin commented “in a competition sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. No one can always be at the top”.

With these two new medals, China maintains first place on the medal table with a total of 12: 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.

The seventh day of the competition in the Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool will host the preliminaries (10:00 – 12:06) and semi finals (14:00 – 15.48) of women´s 3m springboard and last in the day, the highly anticipated final of men´s 3m springboard (17:30 – 19:00).



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