FINA Diving World Series, Tijuana: Local Divers Experience Success

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TIJUANA, Mexico, April 28. THE first meet of the FINA Diving World Series held in Tijuana, Mexico featured some home cooking as Mexicans divers scored well against the vaunted Chinese contingent.

Paola Espinosa claimed the women's tower event with 412.55 points, while Yahel Castillo took the men's three-meter gold with 494.55 points as China sustained a pair of rare losses. The only other non-Chinese gold went to Oleg Vikulov and Konstatin Khanbekov of Russia in the men's tower synchro event with 446.34 points.

Zhou Luxin took the men's tower title with 530.75 points, while Qin Kai and Wang Feng nailed the men's three-meter synchro with 444.09 points.

Guo Jingjing topped the women's three-meter with 368.25 points, while Wu Minxia and Guo won the synchro three-meter with 342 pionts. Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin then claimed the women's tower synchro title with 368.82 points.

Two more World Series events are on tap as Sheffield, Great Britain hosts the second leg May 24-25 and Nanjing, China follows a week later on May 30-31. Overall, FINA is offering $480,000 of prize money.

Special thanks to FINA for contributing to this report.

Medalists
MEN
3m springboard: 1. Yahel Castillo (MEX) 494.55; 2. Qin Kai (CHN) 479.45; 3. Jorge Betancourt (CUB) 443.05
10m platform: 1. Zhou Luxin (CHN) 530.75; 2. David Boudia (USA) 503.10; 3. Lin Yue (CHN) 501.10
3m springboard synchro: 1. Qin Kai/Wang Feng (CHN) 444.09; 2. Dmitry Sautin/Yury Kunakov (RUS) 440.07 ; 3. Yahel Castillo/Luis Huerta (MEX) 412.08
10m platform synchro: 1. Oleg Vikulov/Konstatin Khanbekov (RUS) 446.34; 2. Lin Yue/Huo Liang (CHN) 439.50; 3. Thomas Finchum/David Boudia (USA) 428.58

WOMEN
3m springboard: 1. Guo Jingjing (CHN) 368.25; 2. Wu Minxia (CHN) 364.35; 3. Kelci Bryant (USA) 333.40
10m platform: 1. Paola Espinosa (MEX) 412.55; 2. Wang Xin (CHN) 380.20; 3. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 371.60
3m springboard synchro: 1. Wu Minxia/Guo Jingjing (CHN) 342.00; 2. Anastasia Pozdnyakova/Yuliya Pakhalina (RUS) 305.10; 3. Ariel Rittenhouse/Kelci Bryant (USA) 301.20
10m platform synchro: 1. Wang Xin/Chen Ruolin (CHN) 368.82; 2. Emilie Heymans/Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN) 326.88; 3. Tatiana Ortiz/Paola Espinosa (MEX) 323.76