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Chinese squad registers clean sweep at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series
The second stage of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 held in Beijing’s iconic venue, the Water Cube, from March 25-26, welcomed 51 athletes from 12 countries. Ultimately, no other nation came close to matching China’s impressive tally of 12 medals (all eight golds and four silvers, six in each field). The European countries bagged seven medals (two for Russia, Britain, Germany and one for Ukraine) while Australia, Canada and Malaysia were the remaining countries with medals in Beijing.
The Chinese squad swept gold and silver in all single events: powerful Minxia Wu and Zi He in the women’s 3m springboard and ever-impressive Ruolin Chen and young sensation Yadan Hu in the women’s 10m platform.
In the women’s platform, Ruolin Chen repeated her brilliant 2008 Olympics performance. It was arguably her last dive, a clean Back 2 ½ Somersault 1 ½ Twists, Pike, that gave her marks of 9.5 or higher, which sealed her victory. The struggle was for the minor medal between Alexandra Croak (AUS) and Pamg Pandelela (MAS), with the Australian taking third by 0.45. Reigning World champion Paola Espinosa (MEX) finished last in the event. Canada’s Jennifer Abel continues to look strong with a bronze and silver in the 3m springboard individual and synchro (with Emilie Heymans), respectively. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) was the fourth best in the single event.
Women’s 3m springboard: 1. Minxia Wu (CHN) 402.30; 2. Zi He (CHN) 400.20 3. Jennifer Abel (CAN) 382.05
Women’s 10m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 426.00; 2. Yadan Hu (CHN) 423.05; 3. Alexandra Croak (AUS) 357.50
Women’s 3m springboard synchro: 1. Zi He/Minxia Wu (CHN) 341.10; 2. Jennifer Abel/Emilie Heymans (CAN) 315.00; 3. Svetlana Filippova/Nadezda Bazhina (RUS) 311.43
Women’s 10m platform synchro: 1. Ruolin Chen/Hao Wang (CHN) 365.52; 2. Pamg Pandelela/ Leong Mun Yee (MAS) 338.46 3. Alexandra Croak/Melissa Wu (AUS) 331.50