Shanghai – China, July 16, 2014: 19th FINA Diving world cup, The 19th edition of the FINA Diving World Cup kicked off under heavy rain at Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre, China on July 15 while the world’s best divers delivered brilliant performances in the first event on the programme, the mixed team event.
The medallists (pictured above, all smiles) were Chinese duo Chen Aisen / Huang Xiaohui, first with 408.60 points. Oleksandr Bondar / Yulia Prokopchuk of Ukraine took second, scoring 390.55 while Russia’s Nadezhda Bazhina / Victor Minibaev placed third with an overall 381.30.
Each round included two dives performed by a male diver and a female diver, either from the 10m platform or 3m springboard. The interesting part of this newly featured event is that divers are able to show their versatility on the higher and lower boards while combining with a team-mate from the opposite gender.
The traditional synchro events will be held today (July 16) and tomorrow (July 17). A total 34 women from 17 countries will compete in the 3m synchro and 13 men’s pairs will take part in the 10m synchro. The events include preliminaries and finals, which are streamed live on FINAtv.
A tough competitive field awaits competitors in the men’s 10m synchro: China’s Lin Yue / Cao Yuan, who is 2012 Olympic champion in the event (with former team-mate, Zhang Yanquan); 2012 Olympic silver medallists Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez of Mexico; American David Boudia, 2012 Olympic champion in the 10m platform and Olympic bronze medallist in the synchro event, with new partner Steele Johnson; reigning World champions in the 10m synchro Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding of Germany.
In the women’s 3m synchro, top qualifiers include Chinese Wu Minxia / Shi Tingmao, 2013 World champions in the event; 2012 Olympic silver medallist Abigail Johnston, partnering with Laura Ryan; 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Jennifer Abel of Canada, with Pamela Ware; Malaysian Pandelela Rinong, 2013 World bronze medallist, with Jun Hoong Cheong. —- FINA