Connect to share and comment

Swimming/Diving: China continue world diving domination

PlacardEnlarge
(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Chinese diving duo Qin Kai and He Chong combined for gold in the men's 3m synchronised springboard event on Tuesday as the Asian heavyweights continued to dominate on the fourth day of diving action in Barcelona.

Qin and He racked up 448.86 points to finish well clear of the Russian pair of Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov in second and Mexicans Jahir Ocampo and Rommel Pacheco in third.

China have now won five of the six events so far in the Catalan capital and their incredible record in the 3m synchronised springboard world championship finals was never in doubt thanks to the professional performance of the experienced Qin and He.

The duo now have a haul of 10 world championship gold medals between them, along with three Olympic golds and He believes they are well-placed to team up for another shot at glory at the Rio Olympics in three years' time.

"We already perform very difficult combinations and we don't want to change too much before the Olympics," he said.

"Otherwise, it will be very complicated to maintain the same quality and consistency."

Earlier in the day, He Zi had also taken gold for China in the women's 1m springboard final, but it was a much closer call for the 22-year-old as she had to produce an immaculate final dive to edge out Italy's Tania Cagnotto by a mere tenth of a point with He's compatriot Wang Han taking bronze.

It was the smallest ever margin between a gold and silver medalist at a world championship event and He claimed that factor made victory all the sweeter.

"Knowing that, I even give more value to my gold medal!

"I was a bit surprised with the victory, but I am obviously very happy. Wang and I performed very consistently and the outcome was very positive."

Out in the open water of the Moll de la Fusta harbour there was a one-two for Brazil in the women's 10km race as Poliana Cintra Okimoto pipped Ana Marcela Cunha to victory as both women picked up their second medals of the championships.

Okimoto and Cunha had finished second and third respectively behind American Hayley Anderson in Saturday's 5km race and sent a strong message that they will be contenders for gold on home soil at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"I'm so excited. I have been training for this medal, even in freezing water, I have trained for this race, so this medal is priceless," said Okimoto afterwards.

"I am really happy to have my second medal in these world championships. I felt strong during the race."

kca/gnf

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130723/swimmingdiving-china-continue-world-diving-domination