China Wins Another Gold, Americans Earn Third Medal In 14 Years At World Championships

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Andrew Capobianco - Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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By Erin Keaveny, Swimming World Contributor.

Only one finals event took place on day five of the FINA World Championships: the mixed three-meter and ten-meter.

The Chinese team, made up of Lin Shan and Yang Jian won by 26.6 points. The team competed a back dive pike (201B), a reverse two-and-a-half pike (305B) and a back one-and-a-half with two-and-a-half twists (5235B). The team was in first for the entire competition.

Luliia Timoshinina and Sergey Nazin from Russia came in second place. The team’s dive list had the highest degree of difficulty of the top five placing teams. Their second and third dives both had a huge DD of 3.4.

Americans Andrew Capobianco and Katrina Young earned a bronze medal. This is the American’s third medal at this World Championships.

The American team started the competition in fifteenth after their first dive. Their final dive, an armstand back double with one-and-a-half twists (6243D), helped the team earn their final spot.

Americans have won three medals during this World Championships, the first medals they’ve won at this meet in 14 years.

Placement at this World Championships is particularly important because it is the first qualifier event for the 2020 Olympics. But, mixed events are not Olympic events.

Diving continues tomorrow with women’s ten meter platform.

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