Chinese Keep Stranglehold on Gold at FINA Diving World Cup

CHANGSHU, China, July 20. THE Chinese kept their stranglehold on gold at the 15th-annual FINA Diving World Cup in Changshu, China on Thursday.

China’s Qin Kai rolled to the top finish in the men’s three-meter competition with a 538.50, while Russia’s Alexander Dobroskok picked up silver with a 475.65. The Russian nipped American Troy Dumais, as the U.S. diver pocketed bronze with a 475.15.

After falling to third place heading into the third round, Kai went on a tear with four consecutive dives of more than 90 points. His highest tally came in the fourth round with 96.25 points from a reverse 3.5 somersault from a tuck position.

Meanwhile, American Chris Colwill placed fourth with a 472.80, while China’s He Chong grabbed fifth with a 468.65. Japan’s Ken Terauchi rounded out the finals competitors with a sixth-place 468.15.

In the women’s 10-meter, Jia Tong held off countrywomen Lao Lishi for gold with a 385.30 tally, while Lishi checked in with a 379.85. Additionally, Canadian Emilie Heymans garnered bronze with a 376.35 total.

During the event, Tong and Lishi traded the lead through the initial three rounds before Tong connected on an armstand back double somersault with 1.5 twists for 81.60 points. Tong then cemented her victory with 86.70 points from a back 2.5 somersault with 1.5 twists.

Meanwhile, American Laura Wilkinson (the top qualifier through semifinals) finished fourth with 352.70 points, while Austrian Anja Richter pulled in fifth with 331.65. Canadian Marie-Eve Marleau closed out competition with a sixth-place 330.10 tally.

Next up, synchronized diving gets underway as the men take to the three-meter and the women’s remain on the tower on Friday.

Men’s Three-Meter
Finals
1 Qin Kai CHN 538.50 Q
2 A.Dobroskok RUS 475.65 Q 62.85
3 Troy Dumais USA 475.15 Q 63.35
4 Chris Colwill USA 472.80 Q 65.70
5 He Chong CHN 468.65 Q 69.85
6 Ken Terauchi JPN 468.15 Q 70.35

Semi-final A
1 Qin Kai CHN 501.80 Q
2 Ken Terauchi JPN 482.85 Q 18.95
3 Troy Dumais USA 482.40 Q 19.40
4 Matthew Mitcham AUS 411.75 90.05
5 Kyung Min Kwon KOR 401.95 99.85
6 Y.Gorshkovozov UKR 378.50 123.30

Semi-final B
1 He Chong CHN 525.55 Q
2 A.Dobroskok RUS 474.65 Q 50.90
3 Chris Colwill USA 445.45 Q 80.10
4 Yeoh Ken Nee MAS 420.55 105.00
5 C.Loffler GER 419.05 106.50
6 Andreas Wels GER 404.80 120.75

Prelims
1 He Chong CHN 476.60 Q
2 Qin Kai CHN 448.10 Q
3 A.Dobroskok RUS 437.20 Q
4 Troy Dumais USA 433.85 Q
5 Chris Colwill USA 411.15 Q
6 Kyung Min Kwon KOR 406.70 Q
7 C.Loffler GER 403.55 Q
8 Matthew Mitcham AUS 402.40 Q
9 Yeoh Ken Nee MAS 401.50 Q
10 Ken Terauchi JPN 400.55 Q
11 Andreas Wels GER 397.40 Q
12 Y.Gorshkovozov UKR 371.85 Q
13 Eric Sehn CAN 369.25
14 Julio Abate CAN 364.25
15 Artem Lvov RUS 356.15
16 Blake Aldridge GBR 355.90
17 Khairul Safwan MAS 354.45
18 Olersiy Prygorov UKR 338.95
19 Constantin Blaha AUT 338.05
20 Zardo Domenios PHI 328.85
21 Suchart Pichi THA 322.45
22 Julian Sanchez MEX 318.75
23 Nino Carog PHI 311.25
24 Mohamed Halhouny EGY 307.50
25 Sung Shel Son KOR 280.65
26 Cassius Duran BRA 274.20
27 Sime Peric CRO 265.45
28 Yehia Daw EGY 262.60
29 Satit Tommaoros THA 126.35
30 Yahel Castillo MEX (Absent) 0.00

Women’s 10-meter
Finals
1 Jia Tong CHN 385.30 Q
2 Lao Lishi CHN 379.85 Q 5.45
3 Emilie Heymans CAN 376.35 Q 8.95
4 Laura Wilkinson USA 352.70 Q 32.60
5 Anja Richter AUT 331.65 Q 53.65
6 Marie-Eve Marleau CAN 330.10 Q 55.20

Semi-final A
1 Laura Wilkinson USA 396.10 Q
2 Marie-Eve Marleau CAN 327.95 Q 68.15
3 Anja Richter AUT 308.80 Q 87.30
4 Claire Febvay FRA 304.45 91.65
5 Tatiana Perunina RUS 301.05 95.05
6 Melissa Wu AUS 295.85 100.25

Semi-final B
1 Jia Tong CHN 351.10 Q
2 Lao Lishi CHN 337.85 Q 13.25
3 Emilie Heymans CAN 313.85 Q 37.25
4 Mai Nakagawa JPN 300.75 50.35
5 Sracie Powell GBR 284.60 66.50
6 Risa Asada JPN 265.60 85.50

Prelims
1 Lao Lishi CHN 385.05 Q
2 Melissa Wu AUS 364.10 Q
3 Mai Nakagawa JPN 352.30 Q
4 Laura Wilkinson USA 338.80 Q
5 Jia Tong CHN 337.70 Q
6 Marie-Eve Marleau CAN 321.05 Q
7 Sracie Powell GBR 312.50 Q
8 Anja Richter AUT 310.70 Q
9 Risa Asada JPN 306.55 Q
10 Tatiana Perunina RUS 303.95 Q
11 Emilie Heymans CAN 299.80 Q
12 Claire Febvay FRA 299.10 Q
13 Juliana Veloso BRA 296.25
14 Haley Ishimatsu USA 288.90
15 Alexandra Croak AUS 276.65
16 Nora Subschinski GER 269.20
17 In Sun Hong PRK 258.70
18 Annett Gamm GER 255.05
19 Rebecca Gallantree GBR 249.40
20 Kum Hui Choe PRK 240.05
21 Aya Rizk EGY 225.75
22 Evelyn Winkler BRA 196.30
23 M.Stjepanovic SCG 153.55