U.S. Snares Medal at FINA World Junior Diving Championships

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, August 25. TEAM USA picked up its first gold medal of the 2006 FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a victory in the boys’ B one-meter event on Friday.

Boys B One-Meter
The United States got on the board with a gold medal in the boys’ B one-meter event as Kristian Ipsen went into finals with a lead after recording 209.50 points in carry-over points. He then dominated the rest of the field in finals with a 236.50 for a 446.00 overall. That effort cleared the second-place tally of 411.40 registered by China’s Li Junbai by nearly 40 points.

Junbai, on the heels of a gold-medal victory in the boys B platform event, beat out Mexico’s Jonathan Ruvalcaba for bronze as the Mexican tallied 407.20 points based on 190.80 carry-over points and a 216.40 in the finals session. Junbai made his eight-point lead over Ruvalcaba in carry-over points stand up with a 212.95 in finals.

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Girls B Three-Meter
After settling for silver in the girls’ A one-meter event on Wednesday, China’s Jia Dongjin upgraded her medal quality with an astounding 510.65 in the girls’ B three-meter springboard competition on Friday. Not only did she have a 15-point lead with a 229.75 tally in carry-over points, she absolutely crushed the field in finals with a 280.90 en route to the championship.

Canada’s Kelly MacDonald finished a distant second with a 463.25 total based on a 209.55 carry-over total and a 253.70 effort during finals. Meanwhile, Germany’s Nora Subschinski claimed bronze with a 455.30 (207.45 CO, 247.85 F.)

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Competition continues on Saturday with the boys’ three-meter synchronized, girls B one-meter and girls A platform events.

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