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