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BARCELONA, Spain, July 20. AT the beautiful Montjuic Municipal Pool, China kicked off what it hopes to be a world-title sweep in diving with a triumph in the women's three-meter synchronized diving event.

Wu Minxia collected her seventh career world title as she and teammate Shi Tingamo dominated the finale by 30 points with 338.40 overall for the win. Italy's Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape took home silver in 307.80, while Canada's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware completed the podium with a 292.08 for bronze.

Wu has now won world titles in every meet but 2005 since first winning the three-meter synchro in 2001. In 2011, she won a pair of diving titles for the first time, and will be looking for a back-to-back double this week in Spain.

Tonight's win is Wu's fourth consecutive victory in the event, with a third different partner.

"I am very happy to win another gold medal with my third partner," Wu said. "We have worked very hard and communicated very well."

Meanwhile, Li Shixin of China led the way in the men's one-meter springboard preliminary rounds with a 405.00 tally. France's Matthieu Rosset (404.95) and Ukraine's Illya Kvasha (391.95) qualified second and third.

Results: FINA World Championships, Diving: Day One