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Courtesy of: RFEN
Courtesy of: RFEN
BARCELONA, Spain, July 22. A day after a shocking upset in which Germany stood atop the podium in the men's 10-meter synchro ceremony, China bounced back in a big way with a pair of gold medals in diving at the FINA World Championships.
Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia took home the women's 10-meter synchro world title, while Li Shixin collected the men's one-meter springboard crown. China may have been knocked off its game a bit with the loss last night, stopping the chance of a gold-medal sweep, but the team proved that it was just a blip on the radar of its diving dominance.
After standing fifth with two dives left, Li dominated the final two rounds with an 86.70 and 87.45 to overpower the rest of the field en route to a 460.95 to win the men's one-meter gold medal. Ukraine's Illya Kvasha wound up second with 434.30 points, while Mexico's Alejandro Chavez snagged bronze with 431.55 points. Li became the first man to win this event more than once, having done so in 2011 as well. He's also the oldest winner ever, giving China its seventh victory ever in the event, including four straight conquests.
During the press conference the three divers showed just how excited they were to participate in this competition and especially at the iconic Montju?c Municipal Swimming Pool.
"I had seen a video of Barcelona ?92 Olympics Games and since then I?d always wanted to dive here," Li said of diving at the historic venue of the Montjuic Municipal Pool. "Winning here today, is a dream come true."
Chen and Liu had a truly exquisite run in the women's 10-meter synchro finale. The Chinese duo nearly posted the top score of every single round with a sizzling final tally of 356.28 points. Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took silver with 331.41 points, while Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong picked up bronze with 331.14 points.
Results: FINA World Championships, Diving: Day Three