Lausanne (SUI), September 9, 2007 – Like in Sheffield, on September 1-2, the Chinese athletes showed their total supremacy in Mexico City (MEX), this time in the second meet of the 2007 FINA Diving World Series, held on September 7-8. Jingjing Guo and her teammates got the eight gold medals of the competition, plus three silvers. An amazing harvest that shows the strength of the Chinese competitors less than one year before the Olympic Games, at home, in Beijing. Moreover, this overwhelming domination will certainly continue in the third and last leg of this inaugural edition of the FINA Diving World Series in Nanjing (CHN), on September 15-16.
Ruolin Chen of China
In Mexico City, at the venue of the 1968 Olympics, and in front of a crowd of over 2,500 fans, Jingjing Guo collected two more gold medals – in the women’s 3m springboard (individual and synchro). She had been first also in these events in Sheffield and with these results she consolidates her status of most FINA awarded diver in activity.
Amongst women, there was more variety of countries with medals: China, of course, but also, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Russia and the USA.
Xin Chang of China
Medallists in Mexico City:
3m springboard: 1. Jingjing Guo (CHN) 372.90; 2. Yuliya Pakhalina (RUS) 362.50; 3. Nancilea Foster (USA) 323.90
10m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 381.75; 2. Xin Wang (CHN) 346.70; 3. Paola Espinoza (MEX) 345.35
3m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 333.60; 2. Sharleen Stratton/Briony Cole (AUS) 303.90; 3. Anastasia Pozdyakova/Yulia Pakhalina (RUS) 297.24
10m platform synchro: 1. Xin Wang/Ruolin Chen (CHN) 364.56; 2. Emilie Heymans/Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN) 352.68; 3. Annett Gamm/Nora Subschinski (GER) 306.21
Nancilea Foster (USA) 323.90
A total of US$ 480,000 will be distributed as prize money for the FINA Diving World Series 2007, comprising US$ 96,000 per meet and US$ 192,000 after the conclusion of the three legs of the competition.
The finals of the three legs of the 2007 FINA Diving World Series are streamed live on the FINA website www.fina.org
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